James H. Charlesworth is Princeton Seminary’s George L.
Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. He
specializes in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the OId and New
Testaments, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, Jesus Research, and the
Gospel of John. As director of the Seminary‘s Dead Sea Scrolls Project,
he has worked on the Qumran Scrolls in order to make available, in
cooperation with over fifty international specialists, an accurate text
with apparatus criticus, English translation, and introduction to these
documents. He has excavated at Migdal, Bethsaida, Nazareth, Jerusalem,
Khirbet Beza, Qumran, and elsewhere.
Charlesworth was a professor at
Duke University (1969–1984). Twice he served as Lady Davis Professor at
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was annual professor at the
Albright Institute in Jerusalem (1998–1999), and three times an
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Tübingen. He served
as distinguished visiting professor at Naples University (2003) and
McCarthy Professor of the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome
(2005). He has two honorary doctorates and numerous medals, including
the medal from Brancoveanu Monastery in Sâmbãta de Sus (Romania), the
Distinguished Achievement Citation from Ohio Wesleyan University (1995),
the Comenius Medal from Charles University, Prague (2003), and the
Pentecost Medal, presented by His Beatitude, the Greek Orthodox
Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilus III (2006). Among his certificates of
appreciation for scholarly contributions include those from De La Salle
University and Philippine Christian University. The Philippine Bible
Society awarded him with the “Plaque of Appreciation.”
He has written
more than 65 books and 400 articles or reviews, being awarded the
following Biblical Archaeology Society Publications Awards: the Best
Book on the Old Testament for 1984, the special award for a Book of
Outstanding Merit in 1986, and the best scholarly book on archaeology in
1995. The American Schools of Oriental Research presented him with the
first Frank Moore Cross Award “for outstanding contributions as editor
and author to philology and archaeology” in 1997.
been honored by more than eighteen countries. An ordained minister in
the United Methodist Church, he serves as advisor to the denomination‘s
World Missionary Council. He preaches and lectures throughout the world.
Major Publications [Selected]
The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2010).
The Earliest Christian Hymnbook (Cascade Books, 2009).
The Historical Jesus (Abingdon Press Essential Guides, 2008).
Resurrection: The Origin and Future of a Biblical Doctrine (T & T Clark, 2006).
The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, 3 vols. (Baylor University Press, 2006)
Jesus and Archaeology (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2006).
The Beloved Disciple (Trinity Press International, 1995).
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Doubleday, 1992, 1995).
The Lord’s Prayer and Other Prayer Texts (Trinity Press International, 1994).
Jesus’ Jewishness (Crossroad, 1991).
Jesus Within Judaism (Doubleday, 1988).
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, 2 vols. (1984–1985)