Timothy H Lim
Professor; Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism
New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LXTelephone: +44 (0)131 650 8919
Research in the fields of Biblical and Jewish Studies have an uncanny ability to surprise, intrigue and contribute to knowledge. I remember deciphering a Dead Sea Scroll and the rush of excitement that I felt when I worked out how a Jewish scribe two thousand years ago dated the events of the flood story by the use of the 364-day solar calendar. At the time, no one had yet published anything on what became known as 4Q252 or 4QCommentary on Genesis.
Educated in Vancouver, Jerusalem and Oxford, I came to Edinburgh in 1994 as Lecturer in Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins. I became Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies in 1998, and in 2005 became Professor of Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism.
I have just published a study on the formation of the Jewish canon for Yale University Press (2013) in the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library Series in which I advance a theory of the majority canon. I am currently writing a commentary on the ancient commentary to the prophecy of Habakkuk for the series, The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls (OUP) for which I also serve as General Editor.
I welcome inquiries of postgraduate work in all aspects of Biblical and ancient Jewish Studies.