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 60 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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JAMES H. CHARLESWORTH - BRIEF BIO - MAY 2015

James H. Charlesworth 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.

James H. Charsworth at lectern

            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. Beyond two honorary doctorates, he was selected as an Outstanding Educator of American (1975), recognized as one of 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 that was 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, and in 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.

            His most important publications in 2014 and 2015 include the following:

2014

Walking Through the Land of the Bible: Historical 3-D Adventure. James H. Charlesworth [commentary] Michael Medina [3-D image expert] Supported by the Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins. Jerusalem: Magnes Press.

Editor of Jesus and Temple. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Edited with Lee Martin McDonald and Blake A. Jurgens, Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-Canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. T&T Clark

Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies 20; London and New York: T&T Clark.

“The Fluid Borders of the Canon and “Apocrypha,” in Sacra Scriptura, pp. xiii-xxv.

“The Odes of Solomon: Their Relation to Scripture and the Canon in Early Christianity,” in Sacra Scriptura, pp. 89-107.

4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Archaeology and Elusive Answers to our Perennial Questions,” in Interpreting 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: International Studies, edited by G. Boccaccini and J. M Zurawski. London, New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014; pp. 155-72.

2015

“Who Claimed Herod was ‘the Christ’?” in Eretz-Israel: Archaeological, Historical and Geographical Studies [Ehud Netzer Festschrift], edited by Zeev Weiss, et al. Jerusalem: The Israel Exploration Society and the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015; vol. 31; pp. 29*-39*.

“An Unknown Dead Sea Scroll and Speculations Focused on the Vorlage of Deuteronomy 27:4,” in Jesus, Paulus und die Texte von Qumran [ H-W Kuhn Festschrift], edited by J. Frey and E. E. Popkes. WUNT 2.Reihe 390. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014; pp. 393-414.


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

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Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
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New Testament Language and Literature
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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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