Dr Lindsey A Askin

MA Hons, PG Cert, MA, PhD

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

My teaching area is biblical studies and Jewish studies. My research is in the historical and linguistic analysis of texts in Hellenistic and early Roman Judaism, with recourse to inscriptions, papyri, and material culture.

In particular, my research entails:

  • historical linguistic approaches to texts with integration of inscriptions, papyri, and material culture
  • text-criticism, redaction criticism, and empirical method
  • Second Temple Jewish texts, especially Ben Sira, Jubilees, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Septuagint and cognate Jewish-Greek studies
  • scribal culture, literacy, education, and quotation in early Judaism and early Christianity
  • daily life and technology
  • medicine, magic, injury, and warfare

My current research project is a book on medicine in ancient Israel and early Judaism.

Teaching and Supervising

I teach several units in biblical studies and Jewish studies. I also contribute to team-taught units such as Living Religions West and Issues in the Study of Religion.

I am able to supervise MA or PhD students who wish to work on any of the topics above.


Prior to Bristol, I was the editorial assistant for the Journal of Theological Studies (2016-18), an honorary research associate at the University of Exeter (2017-18), and a visiting postdoctoral Polonsky fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University of Oxford (spring 2016).

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Queens' College, 2012-16) under the supervision of Dr James K. Aitken. At Cambridge I also supervised/taught Hebrew and Old Testament. I completed an MA in Biblical Studies, working with Professor Robert (C.T.R.) Hayward, at Durham University (Hild-Bede, 2011-12). I did a postgraduate certificate in theory of education (Durham, 2010-11) in Religious Education at secondary level. For my undergraduate, I studied Divinity at the University of Edinburgh (MA Honours, 2006-10).

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Research Output

Review of The Role of Mothers in the Genealogical Lists of Jacob’s Sons, by D. Charles Smith

Askin, L. A., 6 Feb 2020, In : <i>The Downside Review</i>. 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

Scribal Production and Literacy at Qumran: Considerations of Page Layout and Style

Askin, L., 1 Apr 2020, Material Aspects of Reading in Ancient and Medieval Cultures: Materiality, Presence, and Performance. Leipziger, J., Krauß, A. & Schücking-Jungblut, F. (eds.). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, p. 23-36 (Materiale Textkulturen; vol. 26).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Open Access
  • Demas and His Unhappy Mother: Wisdom and Occupation in a Hellenistic Jewish Epitaph

    Askin, L. A., 14 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Henoch. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Prizes

    British Association for Jewish Studies Book Prize 2020

    Askin, Lindsey A (Recipient), 15 Jul 2020

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations Research Seminar

    Lindsey A Askin (Participant)

    27 Oct 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk