David A. Skelton

PhD, Religions of Western Antiquity, FSU

GENERAL INFORMATION

Current Address:

5425 Tan Oak Lane 223

Oak Park, CA 91377

E-Mail Address:                  

david.skelton@pepperdine.edu

 davidalanskelton@gmail.com

School website:

https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/faculty/?faculty=david_skelton

EDUCATION

 2017   Ph.D  in Religions of Western Antiquity with a concentration in ancient Judaism, Florida State University

[Dissertation: “Singers of Wisdom: Hymnody and Pedagogy in  Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period"]

[Dissertation Advisor: Matthew Goff]

2011 M.Div and M.A. in OT, Abilene Christian University, G.P.A. 3.94

[Thesis: “Creating A Pious Scribe: The Authorial Prayers As Scribal Formation in the Book of Sirach”]

2006  B.A. (summa cum laude), Harding University, G.P.A. 3.97

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017-               Visiting Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University

2013-2016       Graduate Student Instructor of Record, Florida State University

Spring 2013     Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Intro to World Religions

Fall 2012         Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Intro to Old Testament 

2009                Teaching Assistant, Abilene Christian University

2006-2010       Graduate Assistant, Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University

2005                Teaching Assistant, Harding University

 Courses Taught and Curriculum

 1.    The Old Testament in Context (2017)/Introduction to the Old Testament (Summer 2013-Spring 2015)

2.     Multicultural Film (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

3.     Jewish-Christian Relations through the Ages (created syllabus for Jewish Traditions)

4. World Religions (created syllabus)

Comprehensive Exams and Areas of Advanced Training

 1.     Greco-Roman Religion (death and afterlife, role of the gods, and Euripides)

2.     Judaism (Messianism, Sectarianism, Relatioshipo between Scrolls and Ben Sira)

3.     Christianity (Christological controversies, Adversus Judaeos literature, hymnody and Ephrem)

AREAS OF INTEREST

Music and Education in Antiquity; Dead Sea Scrolls; Identity Formation in Second Temple Judaism; Syriac Studies; Sectarianism; Parody and Resistance in Second Temple Texts; Re-told Bible; Rhetorical and Literary Criticism; Textual Criticism; OT Theology; Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Culture and Religion of the ANE

AWARDS AND HONORS

Fulbright Grant, Universität Göttingen, 2016-2017

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Göttingen, 2016-2017 (award declined)

International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship, Florida State, 2016-2017 ($14,000)

Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship Alternate 2013-2014

Outstanding MA Thesis Award from the Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian

Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award

Outstanding Student Award, College of Bible and Religion, Harding University, 2005-2006

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

 2007-2009       Minister, Nugent Church of Christ (TX)

PUBLICATIONS

 Articles in Books and Refereed Journals

Under Review Singers of Wisdom: Music and Pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period, JSJSup (Brill).

Under Review “Did Ben Sira Sing in Class?: Ben Sira and the Wisdom Psalms Revisited,” Journal of Biblical Literature.

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.” Proceedings Volume for JSJSup.

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 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 “Wisdom of Solomon in Syriac” (with Jacob Lollar)” in Textual History of the Bible. Vol. 2: Deutero-Canonical Scriptures (ed. Matthias Henze).

2016 “שקד” Pages 1056-57 in vol. 3 of Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (ed. H-J. Fabry; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer-Verlag ) (Contributions translated into German for publication).

2012 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” in Mary Ann Beavis and Michael Gilmour, eds., Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students (Waco, Tex.: Sheffield Phoenix Press).

2012 “Wings of Morning,” in Mary Ann Beavis and Michael Gilmour, eds., Dictionaryof the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students (Waco, Tex.: Sheffield Phoenix Press).

2009a  “Ben Sira’s Imaginative Theodicy: Reflections on the Aaronide Priesthood under Gentile Rule,” Restoration Quarterly 51: 1-12.

2009b “Esther” (with Mark Hamilton), in Mark Hamilton et al., eds., The Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary (Abilene: ACU Press).

 Book Reviews

 Forthcoming Judith Newman. Before the Bible: The Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptures in early Judaism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). In Ancient Jew Review.

Forthcoming John J. Collins, The Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul (Oakland: University of California Press, 2017). In Restoration Quarterly

2013 Michael P. Knowles, The Unfolding Mystery of the Divine Name: The God of Sinai in Our Midst (Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity, 2012).  In Leaven 21:113-114.

2011 Harold Shank, Listening to His Heartbeat (Joplin, Miss.: College, 2009). In Restoration Quarterly.  53: 177-178.

Refereed Papers and Addresses

2018 “Piping Hot Lyres: Instrumental Instruction in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Society of Biblical Literature International Conference. Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. 3 August

2018  "To Sing Is to Know: The Educative Role of Song in Plato and Ben Sira." Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional. Judaism in the Greco-Roman Era. 11 March.

2015  “Angels Among Us? The Watchers Myth and Angelology in Ephrem’s Commentary on Genesis.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference. Joint Session of Syriac and Ethiopic Literature panels.

2015  “Ben Sira’s Reappraisal of Enoch and Enochic Lore in the Praise of the Ancestors,” Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 20 February and Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Nashville, Tenn., 6-8 March.

2014  “Dangerous Body and Precarious Subjectivity: Sir 22:27-23:6 and the Ideal Scribe,” Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 22 February.

2013  “Parody and Travesty: A Bakhtinian Reading of Esther 6:1-14,” Graduate   Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, February and Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University Nashville, Tenn., 7 June.

2012 “Divine Justice, Divine Pantheon: Developing a Theoprepes Framework from the Hebrew Bible,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 7 June.

2012 “Creating A Pious Scribe: The Authorial Prayers As Scribal Formation in the Book of Sirach,” Society of Biblical Literature Southwestern Regional Meeting, Fort Worth, Tex., 9-11 March.

2009  “Reconstructing Relationships: The Function of the Akedah in Genesis,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 26 June.

2008 “Ben Sira’s Relationship to the Aaronide Priesthood under Gentile Rule,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 27 June.

Invited Lecture

 2016 Doktorandenkolloquium, University of Göttingen, 09, December.

2017  “Did Ben Sira Sing in Class”: Hymnody and Pedagogy in the Second Temple Period”. University of Halle, Germany, 10 January.

2017 “‘Thus You Shall Say With A Loud Voice’ (Sir 39:15 MS B): Singers of Wisdom in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period." University of Virginia, 12, July.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Society of Biblical Literature

North American Association for the Study of Religion

International Society for the Study of Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature

LANGUAGES

Biblical Hebrew, advanced reading and competency

Modern and Rabbinic Hebrew, basic reading competency  

Greek(Homeric, Attic, and Koine), reading competency

Aramaic (Biblical, Qumranic, and Syriac), reading competency 

Ge‘ez, basic reading competency

German, reading competency, modern speaking competency (received B1.2 certificate from IIK)

French, reading competency

 

SERVICE

 Pepperdine University

Fulbright Faculty Committee (2017 and 2018)

S.E.E.D program (2018)

General Education Assessment Committee (2018)

REFERENCES

Prof. Matthew Goff

Professor of Religion

Florida State University

mgoff@fsu.edu

Prof. Mark W. Hamilton

Robert and Kay Onstead Professor of Old Testament

Abilene Christian University

mark.hamilton@acu.edu

Prof. David Levenson

Associate Professor of Religion and Distinguished Teaching Professor

Florida State University

dlevenson@fsu.edu

Prof. Reinhard Gregor Kratz

Professor of Old Testament

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

reinhard.kratz@theologie.uni-goettingen.de