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Understanding the Social and Political Impact of Persian Kingship

By Jason Silverman

The below is a brief introduction to the new edited volume Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire (Jason M. Silverman and Caroline Waerzeggers, eds; ANEM 13; Atlanta: SBL, 2015). The volume is open access and freely available for download at SBL Publications. To download the volume, click here. To order a paper- or hardback copy, click here. Continue reading Understanding the Social and Political Impact of Persian Kingship

The Origins of Satan in Judaism

by Jason Silverman

Scholars looking to understand from where the figure of Satan derives have long appealed to Iranian influence, particularly in the form of the Zoroastrian Angra Mainyu (Ahriman). I argue instead that the first appearance of the term as a noun in the Hebrew Bible ought to be understood as an administrative official of the Achaemenid Empire. This continues a working hypothesis of mine that various aspects of the divine realm was envisioned as similar to the Achaemenid Empire by some in Second Temple Judaism.  Continue reading The Origins of Satan in Judaism

Call for Papers: “Judaeans in the Persian Empire” (Cordoba, July 2015)

by Jason Silverman

At the 2015 European Association of Biblical Studies conference in Cordoba, Spain (12–15 July, 2015), I’ll be co-chairing a new research group with Caroline Waerzeggers and Anne-Mareike Wetter (both Leiden University), called “Judaeans in the Persian Empire“.  Continue reading Call for Papers: “Judaeans in the Persian Empire” (Cordoba, July 2015)