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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

Fields of Science

  • 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

Open Access

Persian Royal–Judaean Elite Negotiations in the early Teispid and Achaemenid Empire: The King’s Acolytes

Silverman, J. M., Nov 2019, London: T & T Clark. 302 p. (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies; vol. 690)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

The Lego Apadana

Silverman, J. M., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsScientific

Open Access

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.


Project: Research project

Activities 2014 2019

EABS 2019

Jason M Silverman (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
Aug 2019

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

Identity and Empire in the Ancient Near East

Jason M Silverman (Speaker: Chair)
Aug 2019

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

Nabonidus and Cyrus: Elite Agency and Imperial Legitimacy

Jason M Silverman (Speaker)
18 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Response to Juha Pakkala, Chalenges to Social Scientific Methods

Jason M Silverman (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk