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Dr Lindsey A AskinMA Hons (Edin.), PG Cert (Dunelm), MA (Dunelm), PhD (Cantab.)

Lecturer in Jewish Studies

Lindsey Askin

Dr Lindsey A AskinMA Hons (Edin.), PG Cert (Dunelm), MA (Dunelm), PhD (Cantab.)

Lecturer in Jewish Studies

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Research interests

My specialization is in the historical and philological study of the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism (6th c. BCE through late antiquity).

In particular, I work on:

  • integrated historical and philological approaches to biblical and post-biblical texts and material culture
  • medicine, magic, and warfare in ancient Israel and early Judaism
  • empirical method in biblical criticism, source- and redaction-criticism
  • Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical and cognate texts, parabiblical and deuterocanonical works including Rewritten Scripture texts, Ben Sira, Tobit
  • scribal culture, reading, literacy, education, and writing in early Judaism and early Christianity
  • daily life and technology in ancient Israel and early Judaism
  • Hellenization in early Judaism
  • ancient Jewish epigraphy
  • quotation and allusion in early Jewish and Christian texts

My current research projects include a monograph on medicine in the Hebrew Bible and a monograph on the Book of Jubilees. I have also published on scribal culture and literacy, the Book of Ben Sira (also known as Sirach or Ecclesiasticus), the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Jubilees, and ancient Jewish medicine.

Teaching and Supervising

I teach several units on Hebrew Bible and Judaism. 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 in any area related to the research topics listed 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 read Divinity at the University of Edinburgh (MA Honours, 2006-10).

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