James C. VanderKam

James Vanderkam

Emeritus Faculty
John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures 
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


B.A., Calvin College, 1968

B.D., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1971

Ph. D., Harvard University, 1976

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor VanderKam's areas of scholarly interest are the history and literature of Early Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures. His research in the last 20 years has focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls and related literature, and he is a member of the editorial committee that prepared the scrolls for publication. He has edited thirteen volumes in the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. He is one of the two editors in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2000). His prize-winning book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994), has been translated into six languages and came out in a second edition in 2010.

His more recent books are a collection of his essays entitled From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature (2000), An Introduction to Early Judaism (2001), The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002), From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile (2004), 1 Enoch 2(2012), and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (2012). He has also published numerous essays in journals and books. He served for six years as the editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and sits on the editorial boards of Dead Sea Discoveries and several series. VanderKam has delivered papers at many national and international conferences and has offered invited lectures in a wide variety of places.

Recent Publications


2012. 1 Enoch: The Hermeneia Translation. Minneapolis: Fortress.

2012. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans)

With George Nickelsburg. 2012. 1 Enoch 2:  A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch Chapters 37-82. Minneapolis: Fortress.

2010. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans)

Ed. with Monica Brady. 2009. Qumran Cave 1 III 1QHodayota with Incorporation of 1QHodayotb and 4QHodayota-f(Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 40) Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Ed. with Harold Attridge. 2006. Presidential Voices:  The Society of Biblical Literature in the Twentieth Century(Society of Biblical Literature Scholarship in North America 22) Atlanta:  Society of Biblical Literature.

2006. With P. Flint and E. Tov, Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint Presented to Eugene Ulrich, Leiden 2006.

Ed. with G. Nickelsburg. 2004. 1 Enoch: A New Translation, Minneapolis 2004.

2004. From Joshua to Caiaphas: Jewish High Priests after the Exile, Minneapolis 2004.

With P. Flint.. 200. The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, San Francisco 2002.

2001. The Book of Jubilees, Sheffield 2001.

Ed. with M. Brady. 2001. Qumran Grotte 4 XXII: Textes Araméens Primière Partie 4Q529-549 (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 31), Oxford 2001.

Ed. with M. Brady. 2001. Qumran Cave 4 XXIII: Unidentified Fragments (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 33), Oxford 2001.

Ed. with M. Brady. 2000. Qumran Cave 4 XXVI: Cryptic Texts and Miscellanea, Part 1 (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 36), Oxford 2000.

2000. From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature, Leiden 2000.

2000.: An Introduction to Early Judaism, Grand Rapids 2000.

Book, Editor: With L. Schiffman and E. Tov, The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years After Their Discovery 1947-1997: Proceedings of the Jerusalem Congress, 20-25 July 1997, Jerusalem 2000.

Ed. with L. Schiffman. 2000. Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2 volumes), New York and Oxford 2000.

Ed. with P. Flint. 1998, 1999. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Comprehensive Assessment (2 volumes), Leiden 1998, 1999.

1998. Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Measuring Time (The Literature of the Dead Sea Scrolls), London and New York 1998.

Book Chapters:

2014. “Enoch’s Science,” in Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature, ed. Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth Sanders, pp. 51-67. New York: New York University Press and Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

2014. “Psalm 90 and Isaiah 65 in Jubilees 23,” in Revealed Wisdom: Studies in Apocalyptic in honour of Christopher Rowland, ed. John Ashton, pp. 73-86. Leiden: Brill.

2014. “Genesis 6:1-4 and the Angel Stories in the Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36),” in The Fallen Angels Traditions: Second Temple Developments and Reception History, ed. Angela Kim Harkins, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, and John C. Endres, pp. 1-7. Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series 53; Washington, DC: The Catholic Biblical Association of America.

With Dulcinea Boesenberg. 2013. “Moses and Enoch in Second Temple Jewish Texts,” in Parables of Enoch: A Paradigm Shift, ed. D.L. Bock and J.H. Charlesworth, pp. 124-58. T & T Clark Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies 11; London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark.

2013.“Made to Order: Creation in Jubilees,” in Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity, ed. L. Jenott and S. Kattan Gribetz, pp. 23-38. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

2013. “The Book of the Covenant” and “The Apocryphon of Eber” in Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, vol. 1. ed. R. Bauckham, J. Davila, and A. Panayotov, pp. 28-32, 47-52. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

2012. “The Common Ownership of Property in Essene Communities,” in‘Go Out and Study the Land’ (Judges 18:2): Archaeological, Historical, and Textual Studies in Honor of Hanan Eshel, ed. by A.M. Maeir, J. Magness, and L.H. Schiffman, pp. 359-75. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 148; Leiden: Brill.

2012. “Rebekah’s Patriarchal Prayers,” inPrayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature: Essays in Honor of Eileen Schuller on the Occasion of her 65th Birthday, ed. Jeremy Penner, Ken M. Penner, and Cecilia Wassen, pp. 421-36. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 98; Leiden: Brill.

2012. “Qumran Research in the United States: The Non-Sectarian Texts,” in The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective: A History of Research, ed. Devorah Dimant, pp. 79-99. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 99; Leiden: Brill.

2012. “Another Citation of Greek Jubilees” in Textual Criticism and Dead Sea Scrolls Studies in Honour of Julio Trebolle Barrera: Florilegium Complutense, ed. by Andrés Piquer Otero and Pablo A. Torijano Morales, pp. 377-92. Supplements to Journal for the Study of Judaism 158; Leiden: Brill.

2012. “Exegesis of Pentateuchal Legislation in Jubilees and Related Texts Found at Qumran,” in Pentateuchal Traditions in the Late Second Temple Period: Proceedings of the International Workshop in Tokyo, August 28-31, 2007,ed. Akio Moriya and Gohei Hata, pp. 177-200. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 158; Leiden: Brill.

2012. “Judaism in the Land of Israel” in Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview, ed by J. Collins and D. Harlow, pp.70-94.Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.


With Andrew Geist. 2012. “Four Places That Belong to the Lord (Jubilees 4.26),” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 22, 146-62.


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