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Education information

2010 PhD Trinity College Dublin
2003 MA University College Dublin
2002 BA Gordon College (Massachusetts)

Description of research and teaching

Dr. Jason Silverman (PhD, Trinity College Dublin) is leader of Team 2 "Social Scientific Theory and Applications" in the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires, and has a docentship in Hebrew Bible from the University of Helsinki.

Silverman's expertise lies in the impact of the Persian Empire on Judaean communities (i.e., inhabitants of Judah in modern southern Israel/Palestine). Since receiving his PhD, Silverman has held postdoctoral fellowships at Leiden University and the University of Helsinki. He is the author of a well-received monograph, Persepolis and Jerusalem, on Iranian influence on Judaism (2012, Bloomsbury), and has edited or co-edited four volumes related to Persian period Judaism. Currently, he is co-chair of the research group "Judaeans in the Persian Empire" in the European Association of Biblical Studies.

Silverman has researched the social and religious impact of the Persian Empire upon the development of Judaean populations by utilizing insights from the sociology of religion, orality studies, and the sociologies of migration and forced labor. He brings a robust history of interdisciplinary research on the Persian empire to ANEE, having collaborated with communications scholars, Assyriologists, and archaeologists in the past.

Silverman will be leading team 2 to provide useful questions and theoretical approaches for ANEE's four work packages. His own research will focus on social structures, social authority, labor and migration, as these are impacted by the first millennium empires. 

Education/Academic qualification

Old Testament Studies, Docent, Faculty of Theology

Keywords

  • 614 Theology
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Zoroastrianism
  • Comparative Religion
  • History of Religion
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Achaemenid Empire
  • Apocalypticism
  • Yehud
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • 518 Media and communications
  • Orality and Literacy
  • Film Studies
  • Hermeneutics
  • 5141 Sociology
  • sociology for ancient history

Publications 2012 2019

Achaemenid Sources and the Problem of Genre

Silverman, J. M., 2018, Conceptualizing Past, Present, and Future. Fink, S. & Rollinger, R. (eds.). Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, p. 261-278 (Melammu Symposia; no. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

It’s the End of the World (As the Persians Know It)? Iranian Influence on Jewish Apocalypticism in Light of the Complete Publication of the DSS

Silverman, J. M., 2018, (Submitted) Re-Imagining Apocalypticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Goff, M. & DiTommaso, L. (eds.). Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Kohti juutalaisuutta: Babylonian pakkosiirtolaisuus muutosvoimana

Alstola, T., Silverman, J. M. & Alstola, T. (Translator), Oct 2018, Kiveen hakattu? Pyhät tekstit ja perinteet muutoksessa. Nissinen, M. & Vähäkylä, L. (eds.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, (Tutkitusti).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Projects 2009 2025

ERC Starting Grant project "By the Rivers of Babylon: New Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism from Cuneiform Texts"

Waerzeggers, C., Silverman, J. M., Alstola, T., Sonnevelt, R., Still, B., Stökl, J. & Wetter, A.

01/09/200931/08/2015

Project: Research project

Activities 2014 2019

The Persian Empire, the Social Sciences, and Ancient Historiography

Jason M Silverman (Member of organizing committee), Jutta Maria Jokiranta (Member of organizing committee)
Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Response to Juha Pakkala, Chalenges to Social Scientific Methods

Jason M Silverman (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Challenges to the Historical Critical Method Position Paper

Jason M Silverman (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

ANEE Annual Meeting 2019

Jason M Silverman (Chair of organizing committee)
Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Economics without Society or Politics? The Interrelation of Assumptions Concerning Models in the ANE

Jason M Silverman (Speaker)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation