Princeton Seminary | James H. Charlesworth

James H. Charlesworth

George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus

James H. Charlesworth

James H. Charlesworth is Princeton Theological Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus. 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 to make available, in cooperation with more than 50 international specialists, an accurate text with apparatus criticus, an English translation, and an introduction. He has excavated at Migdal, Bethsaida, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Khirbet Beza, Qumran, and elsewhere. Charlesworth has taught at Duke University, Hebrew University and the Albright Institute, both in Jerusalem, and the University of Tübingen. He served as distinguished visiting professor at Naples University and McCarthy Professor of the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome. He has two honorary doctorates, honors from more than 18 countries, and numerous medals, including the medal from Brancoveanu Monastery in Sâmbãta de Sus, the Distinguished Achievement Citation from Ohio Wesleyan University; the Comenius Medal from Charles University, Prague, and the Pentecost Medal, presented by His Beatitude, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilus III. An ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, he serves as advisor to the denomination's World Missionary Council and preaches and lectures globally.

Curriculum Vitae

Select Publications
The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2010)
The Earliest Christian Hymnbook (Cascades 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 (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006)
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, 2 vols. (1984–1985)

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