Philip Davis grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and did his university degrees there at McMaster (B.A. 1972, M.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1979). He began majoring in French and German, and switched to Religious Studies in his third year, with a specialty in New Testament. His doctoral thesis, written under the guidance of Ben F. Meyer and E. P. Sanders, was on the Gospel of Mark and what it teaches about the nature and person of Jesus. He also did a Minor in Hindu Religious History under David Kinsley.
He had been a professor of Religious Studies at UPEI since 1979, retiring in January 2015. Since coming to UPEI, he had taught in the biblical area, but also world religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, occultism, and New Religious Movements. He pioneered the development of UPEI’s Asian Studies programme, and chaired the Department of Religious Studies from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1997 to 2003.
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- No classification given
- Biblical area
- World religions
- New Religious Movements
- New Testament teachings about the person and nature of Christ
- ancient Jewish messianic expectations
- Contemporary neo-paganism