George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature
Department of Biblical Studies
313 Lenox House
Phone: 609.497.7920
Fax: 609.497.7723 or 609.497.9485
Email: [email protected]
 Faculty Profile | CV (.pdf)


 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.

Charlesworth has 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)