The Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins originated in 1975 to support the publication of the first complete edition of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Two volumes were published in 1983 and 1985 and contain translations of many "Scriptures" not canonized as the "Old Testament." These documents were judged ancient (and not later), since copies of some of them were recovered from the Qumran Caves which preserved the Dead Sea Scrolls.

After the publication of this corpus, the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project was launched in 1985 to make available critical texts, translations, and introductions of all the scrolls that are not simply a copy of the Bible. This massive Project which brings together over 50 Jewish and Christian scholars is approximately 85% completed. Finalizing this Project and presenting a one-volume English edition of all the Dead Sea Scrolls is the focal point of the Foundation.

The Foundation is exceptional for the success it has enjoyed with international symposia featuring luminaries who are Jews and Christians (and some who feel comfortable with either category). These symposia have been held in Jerusalem, Princeton, St. Petersburg (Russia), Prague, and Boca Raton, Florida.

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BOARD OF ADVISORS

The members of the Foundation's Board of Advisors offer advice and counsel to the Foundation.  As their CV and other life experiences substantiate (some only modestly and briefly mentioned below), each is a unique resource to assist in setting the Foundation's mission, vision and operations and to provide the Board of Trustees data to help in Foundation governance.

All subjects of academic, research, and publication interest and Foundation strategy and operations are open to the Advisors' questions and recommendations.

At times, the Foundation will ask for an opinion or suggestion on a matter of Foundation work or future activity. 

At other times, individual Advisors will send unsolicited comments to give direction or raise issues that perhaps had not yet hit the Foundation's radar screen.

The success of the Foundation has been founded on sage and helpful advice; that guidance now comes additionally from the Board of Advisors:

ADVISOR* BRIEF/MODEST BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Asher Ben Artzi CEO, International Police & Security Consultants; Former Head of Interpol, Israel; Chief Superintendent (Ret.) Israel Police
Lamar Barden CEO, Peachtree Planning Corporation
Lee Biondi Manuscript Appraiser
Casey Elledge Co-convener of the ASOR DSS Seminar, Sub-editor of the Princeton DSS Project, Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College
Valerie Hemingway Distinguished Lecturer and Author
Marvin Henk Pastor and Leader of Pilgrim Tours to the Middle East; Stamford, Conn.
Loren Johns Associate Editor, Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
Hermann Lichtenberger Professor Emeritus, Tuebingen University
George A. Makrauer CEO, Comad Group; archaeology traveler and student: Admin. Asst. to President FJCO
Geoffrey Michael Senior VP, Merrill Lynch
Bill Nienhuis Director, Logos Bible Software
Lidija Novakovic Contributor, Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
Henry Rietz Associate Editor, Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
Linda Wall Philanthropist, Archaeology Traveler and Student,
Independent Business Professional
* Advisors listed alphabetically by last name.

James H. Charlesworth, Ph.D.
FJCO President and Chairman

Editor,
Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
George L. Collord Professor of
New Testament Language and Literature
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Princeton, NJ 08542-0803


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How the Foundation Delivers its Contributions to Scholarship, Education and Theology

The research and publications sponsored by the FJCO utilize all methodologies (anthropology, sociology, psychology, philology, numismatics, high-definition imaging and theology) and all dimensions of archaeology.

The Foundation is an internationally recognized source of clarity and explanation of the world of Second Temple Judaism and the Palestinian Jesus Movement. The Foundation shares with all interested parties a better grasp of Early Judaism and the Jewish context of Jesus from Nazareth.

Together through the Foundation's work and programs, Jews and Christians join to better comprehend the thoughts of Early Judaism and Jesus' life and message. In addition to discovery and education for the historical record, we contend that open-minded research and knowledge are important for a world being destroyed physically and morally and for humans losing humane values.

All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with your tax advisor's instructions, as the Foundation is IRS approved as a 501(c)3 exempt organization.

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