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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ACADEMIC FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION WHO SPEAK AT FJCO SYMPOSIA AND/OR AT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES WHERE THEY HAVE EXPLORED, DUG, FOUND, BRUSHED AND ARE EXPERT:

James Charlesworth

JAMES H. CHARLESWORTH, PRESIDENT
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 in Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, the Historical Jesus, and the Gospel of John. He is a Founder and Veteran of the Enoch seminar and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal Henoch. He is the President of the FJCO and has been honored by over 20 countries.

   
John Hoffman, Vice President FJCO

JOHN HOFFMAN, VICE PRESIDENT
John Hoffmann is the President, CEO, and Founder of Lone Star Distribution, one of the nation’s largest distributors of sports nutrition products. John began Lone Star after winning 2 national powerlifting championships and holding several world records. John also holds a master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament and Greek Studies and a PhD in Archaeology and Intertestamental Literature from Southwestern Seminary and has been involved in archaeological excavations. In addition to his business and operations advice to the Foundation, through his involvement on the board of the Foundation he is frequently invited to lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins.

   
Daniel B. Hales, Esq.

DANIEL B. HALES, Esq., SECRETARY
An attorney practicing law in Illinois, Dan was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1966 and has been a friend, advisor and legal and business counselor to the Foundation for years. His advice on current and future opportunities and projects has helped the Foundation build an international presence and reputation.

   
Lea Berkuz

LEA BERKUZ,
ISRAEL SECTION LOCAL MANAGER

Lea Berkuz spends a great deal of time in Israel team-leading and working on the Foundation's Dead Sea Scrolls Project directly in the locations of the Foundation's interests in Israel. She is also the primary director of the Foundation's Elite Tour program planning and advance preparation to assure Foundation Tour participants enjoy and are enlightened by its unique Holy Land Elite Tours.

   
DR. FUAD ASHKAR

FUAD S. ASHKAR, MD
Dr. Fuad Ashkar is Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Endocrinology at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, Florida. He is also Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at the University Miami School of Medicine. He is chairman of the Florida Department of Health Probable Cause Panel for South Florida. His international background brings a unique set of experiences and knowledge to the Foundation.

   


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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