Timothy Paul Smith is a thirty-five-year veteran of the art and antique appraisal and conservation profession. Timothy has been engaged by government agencies, museums, foundations, corporations, and private clients to evaluate, recover, restore, and broker fine art and antiquities, including ancient artifacts and manuscripts.
Born in Langley Virginia in 1960–into a family legacy of noted historic preservation, Timothy was exposed at an early age to the remarkable conservation and construction activities of his grandfather, Clarence R. Smith, and father, Edwin Jay Smith. Family projects included the construction of the Jefferson Memorial, The National Art Gallery, The Residence of the Vice President of the United States, and extensive renovation and remodeling projects at the United States Capitol building and many other historic sites in the Washington, D. C. area.
Operating out of the family headquarters in Mclean, Virginia, Timothy would be the first in his family to focus exclusively on the conservation and appraisal of antiques and decorative arts.
When asked what it was like to have spent so much of one’s life with old things, Smith says, “I grew up surrounded by the business of history…I studied business and history in college and have been mulling over historical artifacts and manuscripts my entire career. The methodical process of identification and valuation of these objects requires delving deeply into their historical context. This is very often a collaborative effort and involves working with other experts and specialists. I’ve laid my eyes and hands on so many objects of material history that it would be frightening to be one day surrounded by all of them again. Everyone looks out through their own windows to the past. When I look out… my view is perhaps more defined by the things that humans have created with their hands….and the words that they have chosen to record. So I suppose my notion of human history, my backyard so to speak, is a great deal more cluttered and noisy than most.”
The Chamberlain Key Discovery
In 1998, Timothy discovered the Chamberlain Key. As a result of this remarkable finding in the most complete ancient Hebrew Biblical text, the Leningrad Codex, Timothy has focused much of his time and effort unraveling the true historical context for the remarkable phenomenon he observed in the book of Genesis. Given his long career and impressive group of clients and projects, Timothy has long had access to insights from experts in many associated disciplines–many of whom have affirmed the scientific veracity of his discovery. But some of the his recent and unprecedented access to historical archives and private sanctuaries in Europe seems more serendipitous.
The Chamberlain Key book raises many intriguing questions about the true origins and nature of the earliest Biblical records…as well as the origins of written language itself.
Timothy’s current focus is on two major avenues of research related to the Chamberlain Key discovery. One is the technical approach where he and a team of experts are delving deeply into the actual mechanics and cryptology that they now understand was employed in the most pristine and ancient sections of the Hebrew text. Very powerful, proprietary software has been developed to isolate and analyze these internal literary structures, which many now suspect are far more complex than basic equal distant letter skip codes.
The other research angle, which is being facilitated by new discoveries in the ancient text, is the part Timothy enjoys the most–the historical and archeological treasure hunt. As The Chamberlain Key explains, Timothy has an extraordinary “proof of concept,” which he discovered in Genesis 30. This elegant, compacted literary structure revealed specific information that led Timothy directly to a small village in southern Spain where further unprecedented historical discoveries were made. This opened a new window into the history of Jewish Christians in Europe and the remarkable tradition they devised to protect and preserve themselves and their progenitors in an often hostile religious and social environment. Clues have also been found that may lead to the locations of long hidden sacred scriptural repositories.
The History Channel
Timothy is currently working with The History Channel to create a documentary that will focus on the search for hidden Biblical treasures in Europe and the Middle East. The program is scheduled for broadcast in fall 2017.