Biblical Studies

  • Finland

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Department of Biblical Studies is a center for scientific research and teaching of the Bible. The research conducted at the department focuses both on canonical and extra-canonical materials in order to cast light on the formation of Judaism and Christianity.

The staff of the department is also participating actively in discussions concerning: the influence of the Bible on Western culture in general; its application to present Christianity; an ongoing dialogue between religions.

The department offers courses ranging from basic to post-graduate levels in its majors, Old and New Testament Studies. Its teachers are also responsible for the Greek and Hebrew courses required for the completion of the Master's degree in the Faculty of Theology.

The language of instruction is usually Finnish but courses in English are arranged every year and designed mainly for exchange students and students who are studying in Helsinki but whose native language is not Finnish or Swedish. In the field of Biblical Studies, the required intermediate and advanced level reading is mostly in English and/or German. Thus, it is also possible for non-natives to complete courses that are not based on English lectures.

The department has four permanent professorships and four lecturers. However, the actual academic community is much larger since the department also provides research facilities for several qualified docents and post-graduate students working for the Academy of Finland and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study.

Because many of the docents and post-graduate students are also actively involved in teaching and their specialities cover a wide range of canonical and non-canonical topics, the department is known by many students of the Bible (from young undergraduates to internationally established names in the field) as a stimulating and amiable working environment.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2007 2025

Publications 1983 2020

Re-Linking Prophecy and Fulfilment in 1 Samuel 3 and 4

Aejmelaeus, A. P. M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Fortgeschriebenes Gotteswort: Studien zu Geschichte, Theologie und Auslegung des Alten Testaments: Festschrift.... Pakkala, J., Müller, R. & Nõmmik, U. (eds.). Mohr Siebeck, 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

After Anti-Imperial Readings: Early Christians in the Empire Re-Examined

Huttunen, N. I., 2019, (Submitted) Unknown host publication.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Being Jewish in Galilee, 100–200 CE: An Archaeological Study

Bonnie, R. G. L. M., 2019, Turnhout: Brepols. 380 p. (Studies in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology; vol. 11)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Brothers in Arms: Soldiers in Early Christianity

Huttunen, N. I., 2019, (Submitted) Gender, Social Roles and Occupations in Early Christianity..

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Early Christians on Philosophy: Seeking Recognition in Greco-Roman Culture

Huttunen, N. I., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Reflections on Recognition.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 1979 2021

Nordic New Testament Conference

Antti Vanhoja (Member of organizing committee)
28 May 20211 Jun 2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Melamu Conference: "Responses to the 12th Century BC Collapse: Recovery and Restructuration in the Early Iron Age"

Raz Kletter (Attendee)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The Persian Empire, the Social Sciences, and Ancient Historiography

Jutta Jokiranta (Member of organizing committee)
9 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The Promise of Socio-Cognitive Approaches as Middle-Range Theories

Nina Nikki (Speaker), Lauri Tuomas Mikael Laine (Speaker)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Negotiating authority: The Acceptance of Cambyses as Egyptian Pharaoh as Means of Constructing Elite Identity

Melanie Wasmuth (Speaker)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Datasets

Press / Media

Kirkko ja kaupunki: Kaikessa rauhassa

Martti Heikki Nissinen

14/02/2019

1 media contribution

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Researcher of the Month: Tero Alstola

Tero Esko Alstola

13/02/2019

2 items of media coverage

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Voice of Islam: Prophets in the Ancient World and in the Bible

Martti Heikki Nissinen

05/02/2019

1 media contribution

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Yle Radio 1 ohjelma Pyhän maan pahat vuosisadat, Osa 1

Jutta Maria Jokiranta

02/01/2019

1 media contribution

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