James D. Tabor | Closer to Truth

Biography

Dr. James Tabor retired (2022) as a full-Professor from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he taught Christian origins and ancient Judaism for 33 years, serving as Chair for a decade. His MA/Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and the College of William and Mary. Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive fieldwork in archaeology in Israel and Jordan. Since 2008 he has been co-director, with Shimon Gibson, of the acclaimed Mt. Zion excavation in Jerusalem. He was also involved in the 1993 Waco tragedy drawing upon his expertise in understanding ancient Biblical apocalyptic ideas and he testifying before Congress in the 1995 Waco Hearings. He is currently a popular public lecturer and writer and is often consulted by the national and international media


Tabor's publications include over 50 published articles as well as nine academic books, including: The Book of Genesis: A New Translation from the Transparent English BiblePaul’s Ascent to Paradise: The Apostolic Message and Mission of Paul in the Light of His Mystical
Experiences
, and The Lost Mary: From the Jewish Mother of Jesus to the Virgin Mother of God, which is out in French (Marie: De son enfance juive à la fondation du christianisme Flammarion) and forthcoming in English from Knopf in 2023.