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David Skelton, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

Division: Religion and Philosophy Division
Office: Thornton Administrative Center (TAC) 201G
Phone: (310) 506-7784

  • Ph.D., Religion, Florida State University, 2017

Dr. Skelton has a Ph.D. in Religions of Western Antiquity from Florida State University. His dissertation is entitled "Singers of Wisdom: Hymnody and Pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period." Dr. Skelton's interests include the role of music in education and antiquity, particularly regarding sectarian communities. His main focus concerns the book of Ben Sira and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he holds a passion for Jewish-Christian relations.

At Florida State University, Dr. Skelton taught Introduction to the Old Testament and Multicultural Film courses. Additionally, he taught Hebrew at both FSU and Abilene Christian. His most recent work on Ben Sira and music education will be included in a proceedings volume by Brill, set to be published next year, and a Syriac translation of Ben Sira for Gorgias Press.

Dr. Skelton's wife Sarah is a registered nurse. Together, they have three lovely boys with whom they love to play superheroes and read comics.


  • Old Testament in Context (REL 101)

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Fulbright Student Research, 2016-2017

Academic Interests:

  • Ben Sira
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Music and Education in Antiquity
  • Parody and Resistance
  • Second Temple Judaism

Selected Works:

  • The Wisdom of Ben Sira according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (with Blake Jurgens, Jacob Lollar). Forthcoming.
  • "Angels Among Us? The Watchers Myth and Angelology in Ephrem's Commentary on Genesis." In vol. 3 of Eastern Mediterranean Texts and Contexts. Forthcoming.
  • "Wisdom of Solomon in Syriac" (with Jacob Lollar) in Textual History of the Bible. Vol. 2: Deutero-Canonical Scriptures (ed. Matthias Henze). Forthcoming.
  • "Thus You Shall Say With A Loud Voice" (Sir 39:15 MS B): Singers of Wisdom in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period
  • "Ben Sira's Imaginative Theodicy: Reflections on the Aaronide Priesthood under Gentile Rule," Restoration Quarterly 51 (2009): 1-12.
  • "Esther" (with Mark Hamilton), in Mark Hamilton et al., eds., The Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary (Abilene: ACU Press, 2009).

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