James H. Charlesworth

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James Hamilton Charlesworth
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Biblical Scholar James H. Charlesworth
Born (1940-05-30) May 30, 1940 (age 76)
Nationality American
Occupation George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary
Known for research on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Awards Outstanding Educator of America 1975, Frank Moore Cross Award, American Schools of Oriental Research 1997
Academic background
Education Ohio Wesleyan University, Duke Divinity School
Alma mater Duke Graduate School (Ph.D.)
Thesis title

A Critical Examination of the Odes of Solomon: Identification,

Text, Original Language, Date
Thesis year 1967
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Sub discipline Extra-biblical studies
Institutions Duke University
Princeton Theological Seminary

James Hamilton 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, James H., ed. (1972). John and Qumran. London: Geoffrey Chapman. ISBN 978-0-225-66101-9. OCLC 495676. 
  • Charlesworth, James H., (1983). Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Vol.1 - Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, New York, Double Day & Company
  • ———, ed. (1973). The Odes of Solomon. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-1982-6162-9. OCLC 771132. 
  • ———, ed. (1981). The Pseudepigrapha and Modern Research, with a supplement. Septuagint and cognate studies series. 7. Chico, CA: Scholars Press for the Society of Biblical Literature. ISBN 978-0-891-30440-1. OCLC 7550634. 
  • ———; Johns, Loren L., eds. (1997). Hillel and Jesus: comparative studies of two major religious leaders. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. ISBN 978-0-800-62564-1. OCLC 37574766. 
  • ———, ed. (2012). The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem's Walls. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-86745-2. 
  • ———; Medina, Michael (2014). Walking Through the Land of the Bible: Historical 3-D Adventure. Jerusalem: Magnes Press. ISBN 978-9-6549-3686-6. 
  • ———, ed. (2014). Jesus and Temple: Textual and Archaeological Explorations. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. ISBN 978-1-4514-8036-8. 
  • ———; McDonald, Lee Martin; Jurgens, Blake A., eds. (2014). Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-Canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. T & T Clark Jewish and Christian Texts Series. London: T & T Clark. ISBN 978-0567664235. 

Articles and chapters[edit]

  • ——— (2014). "4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Archaeology and Elusive Answers to our Perennial Questions". In Boccaccini, G.; Zurawski, J. M. Interpreting 4 Ezra and 2 Baurch: International Studies. London: T & T Clark. pp. 155–72. ISBN 978-0-5674-4231-4. 
  • ——— (2015). "Who Claimed Herod was 'the Christ'?". In Weiss, Zeev. Eretz-Israel: Archaeological, Historical and Geographical Studies [Ehud Netzer Festschrift]. 31. Jerusalem: The Israel Exploration Society and the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. pp. 29*–39*. 
  • ——— (2015). "הַבְּרָכָה עַל־הַר גְּרִזִים –– An Unknown Dead Sea Scroll and Speculations Focused on the Vorlage of Deuteronomy 27:4". In Frey, J.; Popkes, E. E. Jesus, Paulus und die Texte von Qumran [H-W Kuhn Festschrift]. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/390. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. pp. 393–414. 

Public appearances[edit]

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.

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