User:Christian Askeland

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Christian Askeland (1976-) is currently assistant research professor of Christian Origins at Indiana Wesleyan University and a regional director for the Green Scholars Initiative, a initiative of the Museum of the Bible.


Christian was born in Stuart, Florida. He lived there until 1995, when he completed bachelor and master degrees in Classics at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Christian taught first year Latin to university students and assisted in the teaching of large lecture classes. Afterwards, he completed a master of divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois (2000-2004). Christian taught biblical Greek and Bible at Southern Wesleyan University for one year before he did a master of theology at the University of Aberdeen (2006), editing the university's Coptic papyri for his dissertation. After Christian completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in July 2011, he served as a wissenschaflicher Mitarbeiter at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel creating a Coptic edition of the Apocalypse of John for the Editio Critica Maior project for three years.


Christian is the son of Christian and Satyra Askeland. He is married to Stephanie Askeland, and has two daughters (Heidi and Morgan) as well as a son (Christian). The name Christian has been passed down for generations on the Norwegian-American side of his family. The town/village of Askeland is located just outside of Aksdal, Norway.


His research interests deal with early Christianity, the rise of orthodoxy and textual criticism, and he is creating electronic and print editions of the Sahidic text of the biblical book of Revelation. Additional areas of interest include Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and electronic text editions. Christian's approach is historical-critical in basis, attempting to place the religious systems within their early historical settings.


Christian Askeland's webpage [1]