James R. Davila (1960) is an American biblical scholar. He is Professor of Early Jewish Studies and former Principal of St Mary's College, St Andrews. A specialist in Second Temple Judaism and Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Davila is a Participant at the Enoch seminar and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal Henoch.
Davila received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982, his M.A. from the same institution in 1983, and his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1988. All degrees were awarded summa cum laude. His doctoral thesis was entitled "Unpublished Pentateuchal Manuscripts from Cave IV, Qumran: 4QGenExa, Genb-h, Genj-k". He was elevated to Professor of Early Jewish Studies at St Mary's College, University of St Andrews in May 2008.
Davila has authored, contributed, or edited numerous books and articles.