Dr. James  Tabor

Dr. James Tabor

Dr. James Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where he is professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism. Since earning his PhD. at the University of Chicago in 1981, Tabor combined work on ancient texts with extensive fieldwork in archaeology in Israel and Jordan, including Qumran, Sepphoris, Masada, and Wadi el-Yabis in Jordan. Over the past decade he has teamed up with Shimon Gibson to excavate “John the Baptist” cave at Suba, the “Tomb of the Shroud” discovered in 2000, and ongoing work at Mt. Zion. Most recently, Tabor, along with Rami Arav, have been involved in the re-exploration of two tombs in East Taploit; the controversial “Jesus Tomb” and a related tomb less than 200 feet away that has ossuary inscriptions Tabor and Arav interpret as Judaeo-Christian. His most recent book, co-authored with Simcha Jacobovici, is "The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity."