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James H. Charlesworth

James H. Charlesworth (born May 30, 1940) is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is noted for his research on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, the Historical Jesus, the Gospel of John, and the Revelation of John.


Charlesworth has been a professor at Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary; he has also been Lady Davis Visiting Professor in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Annual Professor in the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Naples University, and McCarthy Professor, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome.

He has been honored by over 30 countries. Besides two honorary doctorates he was selected as an Outstanding Educator of American (1975), the top outstanding professors at Duke, and elected to Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab [The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters]. He also received the first Frank Moore Cross Award from the American Schools of Oriental Research. Among his awards are the following medals: Distinguished Achievement Citation, Ohio Wesleyan University (1995), Comenius Medal, Charles University, Prague (2003), Pentecost Medal; Presented by His Beatitude, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilus III (2006), a medal from the Brancoveanu Monastery in Sâmbãta de Sus, Romania (2008), and the Samaritan Medal for Contributions to Peace and Scholarship (2010).

He has excavated on Mount Gerizim, Jerusalem, Ein Gedi, Nazareth, Bethsaida, Khirbet Beza, and Migdal. His most recent distinguished lectures include the following: The First Truman Madsen Lecture, BYU (2009), CBA Lectures, Manila, Philippines (2009), Chuen King Lecturer in Hong Kong (2010), the Mennonite Lectures (2011), lectures at the Enoch Congresses and the Nangeroni Meetings (2010-2014), distinguished lectures in Lublin, Krakow, and Prague (2014). He has been interviewed on many international news channels and featured in numerous documentaries.


Charlesworth's most important publications in 2014 and 2015 include the following:


  • Walking Through the Land of the Bible: Historical 3-D Adventure. James H. Charlesworth [commentary] Michael Medina [3-D image expert] Supported by the Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins. Jerusalem: Magnes Press.
  • Editor of Jesus and Temple. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Edited with Lee Martin McDonald and Blake A. Jurgens, Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-Canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. T&T Clark
  • Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies 20; London and New York: T&T Clark.
  • “The Fluid Borders of the Canon and “Apocrypha,” in Sacra Scriptura, pp. xiii-xxv.
  • The Odes of Solomon: Their Relation to Scripture and the Canon in Early Christianity,” in Sacra Scriptura, pp. 89-107.
  • 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Archaeology and Elusive Answers to our Perennial Questions,” in Interpreting 4 Ezra and 2 Baurch: International Studies, edited by G. Boccaccini and J. M Zurawski. London, New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014; pp. 155-72.


  • “Who Claimed Herod was ‘the Christ’?” in Eretz-Israel: Archaeological, Historical and Geographical Studies [Ehud Netzer Festschrift], edited by Zeev Weiss, et al. Jerusalem: The Israel Exploration Society and the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015; vol. 31; pp. 29*-39*.
  • “הַבְּרָכָה עַל־הַר גְּרִזִים –– An Unknown Dead Sea Scroll and Speculations Focused on the Vorlage of Deuteronomy 27:4,” in Jesus, Paulus und die Texte von Qumran [H-W Kuhn Festschrift], edited by J. Frey and E. E. Popkes. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/390. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015; pp. 393-414.

Public appearances

Charlesworth has appeared on numerous talk shows and documentaries including: Fox News and the Naked Archaeologist Series. To engage with the public, he hosts conferences and tours of Israel, Jordan, Greece and Turkey.

External links

  • Faculty profile
  • Tour & Conference Schedule
  • Journalist's Interview
  • Journal Henoch website
  • Enoch Seminar website
  • 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism
  • Institute on Judaism and Christian Origins
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