James C. VanderKam

James C. VanderKam

Endowed Professor
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

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

Lecture: "The Parables of Enoch Within the Enoch Tradition", Third Enoch Seminar, Camaldoli, Italy June 7, 2005.

Book: With G. Nickelsburg, 1 Enoch: A New Translation, Minneapolis 2004.

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

Lecture: "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible", Rothermel Foundation Lecture, New Bern NC, October 17 2004.

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

Book: The Book of Jubilees, Sheffield 2001.

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

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

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

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

Book: 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.

Book, Editor: With L. Schiffman, Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2 volumes), New York and Oxford 2000.

Book, Editor: With P. Flint, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Comprehensive Assessment (2 volumes), Leiden 1998, 1999.

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


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