Tim’s interest in ancient Judaism first arose out of a recognition that so much of the New Testament could be better understood against the backdrop of the Jewish world in which Jesus and Paul lived. A specialist in research on the Dead Sea Scrolls, his work makes an essential contribution to the influence of Second Temple Literature on the New Testament. His most recent monograph, his editorship of a newly-launched DSS commentary series, and other articles in the field are listed below:
The Formation of the Jewish Canon (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2013). Anchor Yale Reference Library Series.
The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Timothy H. Lim, ed. (Oxford: OUP), a ten volume series on some of the most important Dead Sea Scrolls.
‘1) ‘Deuteronomy in the Judaism of the Second Temple Period’ in Maarten J. J. Menken and Steve Moyise, Deuteronomy in the New Testament (London/New York: T&T Clark International, 2007), pp. 6-26.
2) ‘How Good was Ruth’s Hebrew? Linguistic “Otherness” in the Book of Ruth’ in The ‘Other’ in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins, M. Goff, Daniel Harlow, Karina Hogan, and Joel Kaminsky, eds. (Cambridge: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2011), pp. 101-115.
3) ‘The Defilement of the Hands as a Principle Determining the Holiness of Scriptures’ JTS 61.2 (2010):501-15.
4) ‘The Origins and Emergence of Midrash in Relation to the Hebrew Scriptures’ in The Midrash: An Encyclopaedia of Biblical Interpretation in Formative Judaism, Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck, eds. (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004), pp. 595-612.