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Preliminary Guide to the W. D. Davies papers, 1940-1987

Abstract

W. D. (William David) Davies (1911-2001) served as a Professor at Duke University Divinity School, from 1950 to 1955 and was George Washington Ivey Professor of Advanced Studies and Research in Christian Origins from 1966 to 1981.

The collection features correspondence, course materials, writings, subject files, sermon notes, and research notes of W. D. Davies. Major research subjects include the New Testament, Christian theology, Judaism, and the issue of territorial imperative with regard to land.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Davies, W. D. (William David), 1911-2001.
Title
W. D. Davies papers, 1940-1987
Language of Material
English
Extent
76.5 Linear Feet, 76,500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence, manuscript materials, article reprints, student papers, lecture notes, course reading materials, sermon notes, student notebooks relating to courses taken at the University of Wales Memorial College in Brecon, general research subject files, research notes relating to teaching at Duke University, Columbia University, Princeton, and Texas Christian College.

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Contents of the Collection

The Gospel and the Land-drafts, notes
Box 1
Jerusalem and the Land in the Christian tradition-drafts, notes
Box 2
The Jewish State in the Hellenistic World
Box 2
The Territorial Dimension of Judaism
Box 2
Cambridge History of Judaism
Box 3
Miscellaneous Course materials, 1967
Box 3
General research: Judeo-Christian relations
Box 4
Miscellaneous sermon and lecture notes
Box 4
Lecture notes
Box 5
Student papers
Box 5
Pantyfedwen Lecture (Wales)
Box 5
Paul and the Law
Box 5
The New Creation (sermon collection)
Box 6
Miscellaneous papers
Box 6
Miscellaneous lecture notes
Box 6
Cambridge History of Judaism (CHJ)
Box 7
Personal and professional correspondence, arranged by date
Box 8
Sermons preached in Fowlmere, England, 1941-1946
Box 9
Kearns Lecture, Duke University
Box 9
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1967-1968
Box 9
Cambridge History of Judaism, volume 1
Box 10
Miscellaneous research articles in Italian
Box 10
General correspondence, 1973-1978 (A89-70)
Box 11
General correspondence, 1978-1981
Box 12
People/project files (A-G)
Box 13
Vita
Box 13
People/project files (H-P)
Box 14
People/project files (Q-Z)
Box 15
Cambridge History of Judaism correspondence, 1971-1980
Box 16
Cambridge History of Judaism, general manuscript material, 1980-1986
Box 17
Cambridge History of Judaism, general manuscript material, 1981-1988
Box 18
Cambridge History of Judaism, general manuscript material, volumes I-II
Box 19
Cambridge History of Judaism, general manuscript material, volumes III-IV
Box 20
Aboth
Box 21
Territory
Box 21
Holy Land Colloquium, 1975
Box 21
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues)
Box 21
Daube writings
Box 22
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 22
NEH Seminar information and applications, 1982
Box 22
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues)
Box 23
Student papers, ca 1960-1986
Box 23
General research subject files (bulk 1973-1974)
Box 24
University Research Council
Box 24
Travel expenses
Box 24
Grants, 1981-1982
Box 24
Course outlines
Box 25
General research subject files, bulk 1973-1974
Box 25
Personal files ("from desk")
Box 26
General research subject files
Box 26
Cambridge History of Judaism, general manuscript material, ca 1967
Box 27
Sermon notes
Box 27
Miscellaneous articles
Box 27
Lecture notes
Box 28
Sermon notes
Box 28
Reprints
Box 28
Paul, Pauline doctrine
Box 29
Mormonism
Box 29
Lecture notes
Box 29
Miscellaneous writings
Box 29
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): A-B
Box 30
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): C-Di
Box 31
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): Do-G
Box 32
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): H-K
Box 33
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): L-M
Box 34
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): Sch-St
Box 35
Miscellaneous research papers (authored by colleagues): St-W
Box 36
Miscellaneous reprints
Box 37
Course teaching notes
Box 38
Introduction to Theory
Box 38
Cambridge History of Judaism, volumes II-IV
Box 39
International Critical Commentary, volume II
Box 39
International Critical Commentary, volumes I-II
Box 40
Book reviews of works by Davies
Box 41
Details of appointments at Duke, Berkeley, and Princeton
Box 41
Conference and lecture notes
Box 41
Commentary on Matthew
Box 42
Japan correspondence
Box 42
Miscellaneous writings
Box 42
International Critical Commentary, galley proofs
Box 43
Student notebooks (at Brecon), ca 1930
Box 44
Student notebooks (at Brecon), ca 1930
Box 45
Correspondence P-Sch
Box 46
Correpsondence N-O
Box 47
Torah Min Hashamayim
Box 48
Society of Biblical Literature certificate, 1976
Box 48
Miscellaneous correspondence (mostly 1996-1997)
Box 48
Draft of Reflections on Aspects of the Jewish Background of the Gospel of John
Box 48
Miscellaneous writings and correspondence (mostly 1996-1997)
Box 49
Article reprints
Box 49
Sermon at Princeton University, 1985
Box 49
Bibliography
Box 49
Mystical Antisemitism
Box 49
Reviews of Cambridge History of Judaism
Box 49
The Shroud of Turin (by colleagues)
Box 50
Miscellaneous reprints
Box 50
Correspondence (mostly 1992-1993)
Box 50
Reflections of Judaism
Box 50
Contemporary Quest for the Historical Jesus
Box 50
Framed photographs
Box 50
Reprints, 1995
Box 50
Compositional History of Q, draft
Box 51
Paul and the New Exodus
Box 51
Reflections on Aspects of the Jewish Background of the Gospel of John
Box 51
Then and There
Box 51
The Jewish Sources of Matthew's Messianism
Box 51
The Intertextual Jesus: Scripture in Q
Box 51

Historical Note

W. D. (William David) Davies was born in Wales, United Kingdom, and educated at the University of Wales (B.A. 1934, B.D. 1938) and Cambridge University (B.A. 1940, M.A. 1942). Davies received his doctorate (D.D. operis causa 1948) from the University of Wales.

In 1941, Davies was ordained into the Congregational Church at Fowlmere, England. He taught at Yorkshire United College, Bradford, from 1946 to 1950 before moving to Duke for five years as a professor of Biblical theology (1950 to 1955). From 1955 through 1959 he was professor of religion at Princeton University, leaving to become Edward Robinson Professor of Biblical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York, as well as adjunct professor at Columbia University. He rejoined the Duke faculty in 1966 as George Washington Ivey Professor of Advanced Studies and Research in Christian Origins. He stayed until his retirement in 1981. He then became the Bradford Professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and in 1986-87 he was a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK. He also taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Strasboroug, France.

Davies held numerous fellowships and received several awards and honors. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, (from which he also received the Burkitt Medal in Biblical Studies), an Honorary Fellow of Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam College, a Fellow of the Bellagio Center, Italy, and Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research. He was a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of St. Andrews, the Pacific School of Religion, Uppsala University and the University of Wales. Davies also served as honorary president of the Society for Biblical Literature and President of the Society of New Testament Studies (1976). He was a member of the executive committee of the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem (1965).

Some of his published works include Paul and Rabbinic Judaism (1948), The Setting of the Sermon on the Mount (1966), and The Gospel and the Land: Early Christianity and Jewish Territorial Doctrine (1974). His popular Invitation to the New Testament (1966) was a Religion section of Book of the Month Club. He was also co-editor of the Cambridge History of Judaism and along with a former student published an International Critical Commentary on Matthew (3 vols).

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Divinity School records, 1925-2005. (University Archives. Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. D. Davies Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The W. D. Davies papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1984-2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, October 2002

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, June 2007

Accessions A84-35, A89-70, A90-102, A92-94, A2001-21 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.