Dr Lyn Kidson

Dr Lyn Kidson

Lecturer in New Testament

Lyn is a lecturer in New Testament, specialising in the Pastoral Epistles. Her PhD dissertation will be available soon through Mohr Siebeck, Persuading Shipwrecked Men: Rhetorical Strategies in 1 Timothy (WUNT series). She has published a number of book chapters and articles. Lyn is also a honorary postdoctoral associate at Macquarie University and regularly presents at academic conferences. Currently, she is a member of the SBL  Disputed Paulines seminar committee and she is also a committee member for the Society for the Study of Early Christianity. Lyn's research interests are in early Christianity in Asia Minor, numismatics, gender and sexuality. In the past, she has served with Campus Crusade for Christ, Student Life (1994-2001) and has been the children and family pastor at Wentworthville Baptist church (2009-2010). Lyn enjoys drawing and painting, gardening, travelling, and having coffee with friends.


Ph.D (Macquarie University)
Dissertation Title The Rhetorical Strategies of the First Chapter of 1 Timothy: The Relationship of the First Chapter to the Purpose of the Letter 2018

MA (Macquarie University) 2013

M.Div (Sydney Missionary and Bible College) 2003

BA (Macquarie University) 1993

Research Interests

Pastoral Epistles, Rhetoric in the NT, letter-writing, numistmatics; gender, households and wealth in early Christianity.


  • 2020
    • Kidson, Lyn M. (2020). Persuading Shipwrecked Men: The Rhetorical Strategies of 1 Timothy 1. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. | External link

Book Chapter

  • 2020
    • Kidson, Lyn M. (2020). “The Woman at the Well, Jesus, and Prejudice in Samaria (John 4: 3–43)” In J. Harrison and P. Bolt., The Impact of Jesus of Nazareth: Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives, vol.1 (pp. 289–306). North Ryde: SDC. | External link
  • 2016
    • Kidson, Lyn M. (2016). “‘Teaching’ and Other Persuasions: The Interpretation of Didaskein ‘to Teach’ in 1 Timothy 2:2” In E. Murphy and D. Starling., The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspective on Gender, Scripture and the Christian Life (pp. 125-138). Eugene: Wipf and Stock. | External link

Journal Article

  • 2020
    • Kidson, Lyn M. (2020). “Fasting, Bodily Care, and the Widows of 1 Timothy 5:3–15”. Early Christianity, 11.2 191–205.
    • Kidson, Lyn M. (2020). "The Anxious Search for the Lost Coin (Luke 15: 8–10): Lost Coins, Women’s Dowries, and the Contribution of Numismatics and Phenomenology to Gospel Research". Australian Biblical Review, 68 76-88.
  • 2017
    • Kidson, Lyn M. (2017). “Anonymous Coins, the Great Persecution and the Shadow of Sossianus Hierocles". Journal of Ancient Civilizations, 32 35-53. | External link
  • 2014
    • Kidson, Lyn (2014). “1 Timothy: An Administrative Letter”. Early Christianity, 5.1 97-116.
  • 2013
    • Kidson, Lyn (2013). "Minting in Ephesus: Economics and Self-promotion in the Early Imperial Period”. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia, 23 27-36. | External link

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2020
    • Macquarie Gale British School at Rome Scholarship, Macquarie University


Academic Conference

  • 2021
    • Remembering Paul in Asia Minor: A Contested Jewish Identity in the First Four Centuries of Christianity (2021), Paul within Judaism Virtual conference (hosted by Ridley Bible College, Melbourne, Virtual, 24 Sep 2021
    • Real Widows, young widows, and the Limits of Benefaction in 1 Timothy 5:3–16 (2021), Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC), Sydney, 01 May 2021
  • 2020
    • "Funding Widows in 1 Timothy 5: The Economy of Asia Minor and the Limits of Benefaction" (2020), Society of Biblical Literature: Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy Unit, Boston (online), 10 Dec 2020
    • Panel Member: Review of Christopher Hutson's "First and Second Timothy and Titus" Commentary (2020), Society of Biblcial Literature: Disputed Paulines, Boston (online), 03 Dec 2020
  • 2019
    • The Anxious Search for the Lost Coin (Luke 15: 8–10): Lost Coins, Women’s Dowries, and the Contribution of Numismatics and Phenomenology to Gospel Research (2019), The Future of Gospels & Acts Research: Discerning the Trends (CGAR conference), Sydney, Australia, 03 Oct 2019
    • The Prophetess Ammia of Philadelphia and the Rise and Growth of the Early Church in Asia Minor (2019), The Early Church Unfolds: People, Places and Potential (SSEC conference), Sydney, Australia, 02 May 2019
  • 2018
    • Fasting, Bodily Care, and the Widows of 1 Timothy 5:3-15. (2018), Society for Biblical Literature Annual Conference, Denver, USA, 17 Nov 2018
    • Faith, Love, and Sanctity: Signs of Domestication or a Counterattack in 1 Timothy Chapter 2? (2018), Fellowship of Biblical Studies Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 26 Sep 2018

Other presentation

  • 2021
    • Podcast with Michael Bird- Background to the New Testament (2021), Online, 22 Jul 2021
      Co-presenter: Michael Bird

Professional Memberships

Fellowship of Biblical Studies (since 2014)

SCD Centre for Gospels and Acts Research (since 2019)

Society for the Study of Early Christianity (since 2010)

Society of Biblical Literature (since 2016)

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