James Crossley writes
Terrible news. Philip Davies died. There will be more details forthcoming. He was a massive presence for me at Sheffield. He was central to the growth of biblical studies at Sheffield, to the development of critical Dead Sea Scrolls studies, to minimalism and the study of ancient Israel (including definitions), to secularism and biblical studies, to the beginnings of serious reception history, to independent publishing and new ideas, and so on. And, of course, he was very very funny. A massive loss to the field.
This is terrible news. Philip was an authentic genius and we spent hours discussing all manner of things online and in person at SOTS and SBL. I even had the honor of helping him proof several of his books.
I’m gutted. I’ll miss my friend. I love you, brother.