David Skelton has a PhD in Religions of Western Antiquity from Florida State with an emphasis in the Second Temple period. His dissertation was on music and pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is currently teaching courses on the survey of the Hebrew Bible and the Prophets. His research concerns the book of Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Syriac Christianity. More specifically, he is interested in the use of prayer and music as a means of creating identity as well the pedagogical use of music in Early Jewish and Christian communities.



Ph.D., Religions of Western Antiquity (2017)

M.A., Old Testament, Abilene Christian University (2011)

MDiv., Old Testament, Abilene Christian University (2011)

B.A., Harding University (2006)

Other Publications

Review of Judith Newman’s Before the Bible: The Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptures in Early Judaism for Ancient Jew Review. https://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2019/6/16/book-note-before-the-bible-the-liturgical-body-and-the-formation-of-scriptures-in-early-judaism#_ftnref5

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.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha. Forthcoming.

“Wisdom of Solomon in Syriac” (with Jacob Lollar)” in Textual History of the Bible. Vol. 2: Deutero-Canonical Scriptures (ed. Matthias Henze). 2019.

שקד” in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (ed. H-J. Fabry; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer-Verlag, 2011- ) (Contributions translated into German for publication).

“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, 2012).

“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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