Visiting Professor of Religion
Timothy H. Lim believes that the books of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible should not only be studied in relation to other canonical books, but also with non-canonical texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha. The hallmark of his approach is the study of the Bible in its historical context and in the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. His fascination with ancient Judaism first arose "out of a recognition that so much of the New Testament could be better understood if only I knew more about the Jewish world in which Jesus and Paul lived."Timothy Lim is the Professor of Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism in the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh. Educated in Vancouver, Sydney, Jerusalem and Oxford, Professor Lim was Lady Davis Fellow in the Department of Bible, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, between 1989-1990, Kennicott Hebrew Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford, and Junior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, between 1991-1993. He came to Edinburgh in 1994, first as Lecturer in Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins, then in 1998 as Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, and finally as Professor of Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism in 2005. He is the author of numerous books, including The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Very Short Introduction (Oxford Univ. Pr., 2005), The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Historical Context (T & T Clark, 2000), On Scrolls, Artefacts, and Intellectual Property (Sheffield Academic pr., 2001), and The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Reference Library, vol. 1: The Dead Sea Scrolls on CD ROM (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1997). His teaching style is thematic and textual, but also very visual and interactive, using powerpoints, YouTube clips, interactive maps, internet sites, iTunes sound clips, etc. He has been nominated four times in the last five years by Edinburgh students for a teaching award.
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