James Rohr Davila


  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research overview

Judaism from the Second Temple period through late antiquity

The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

Early Jewish mysticism (Merkavah mysticism and Hekhalot literature) and Jewish magic

Scriptural exegesis in ancient Judaism and Christianity

Ancient divine mediator figures and Christian origins

Academic/Professional Qualification

PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; MA, University of California, Los Angeles; BA, University of California, Los Angeles; Society of Biblical Literature; British New Testament Association; Society for Old Testament Study; British Association for Jewish Studies

Research interests

Second Temple Jewish literature, particularly the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha; Second Temple Jewish literature in dialogue with and as background to the New Testament; Jewish Merkavah Mysticism (Hekhalot literature); ancient Jewish and related magic; anthropological approaches (especially involving the shamanic complex or ritual studies) to all of the above texts; and the interpretation of scripture in all of the above.


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