James H. Charlesworth

Title: Director of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
Company: Princeton University
Location: Princeton, New Jersey, United States

James H. Charlesworth, PhD, Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Biblical archaeology.

Dr. Charlesworth is an ordained minister, Biblical scholar and the editor and director of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project, which he has led for over 35 years. Inspired by his grandfather’s study of Greek and Hebrew after immigrating to America, as well as the freedom and equity that he eventually found in divinity school, he felt called to the same path, and was ordained to the ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1963. Previously, he earned a Bachelor of Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University, and continued his studies at Duke Divinity School, where he was awarded with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1965. In 1967, Dr. Charlesworth completed a Doctor of Philosophy at Duke Graduate School and accepted a position as a professor of religion. Following this period, he rose to become the director of Duke University’s International Center on Christian Origins, a role he held until 1984, when he was named as Princeton University’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature.

In addition to leading the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project since 1985, Dr. Charlesworth has been the director of the Syrus Sinaiticus Project in Santa Catherina, Sinai, since 1977. He is the first author of the definitive scholarly edition of the Pseudepigrapha, and has occupied numerous departmental chairmanships and visiting professorships at global institutions, including being named as the 1999 Annual Professor at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Likewise, he was recognized as Naples University’s 2003 Most Distinguished Visiting Professor, the 2005 McCarthy Professor at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, and Chapman University’s Griset Chair in Biblical Research. Dr. Charlesworth’s research has been extensively published in professional journals, and he is the recipient of more than a dozen honorary degrees, awards and certificates in recognition of his contributions to Biblical scholarship, most recently including the 2017 Thomas Nelson Distinguished Scholar Award and induction into the Learned Society of the Czech Republic. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Biblical Archaeology Society, the president of the Foundation of Christian Origins, and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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