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 2019

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

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, (Submitted) Reflections on Recognition.

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

Epictetus

Huttunen, N. I., 2019, (Submitted) T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Esivalta. The Religious Roots of the Finnish moral view of the society.

Huttunen, N. I., 2019, (Accepted/In press) On the Legacy of the Reformation in Finland: Societal perspectives.

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

Activities 1979 2019

The Persian Empire, the Social Sciences, and Ancient Historiography

Jason M Silverman (Member of organizing committee), Jutta Maria Jokiranta (Member of organizing committee)
Jan 2019

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

Rewriting Conquest Traditions in Late Second Temple Judaism

Ville Mäkipelto (Speaker)
14 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

SBL Annual Meeting 2018

Ville Mäkipelto (Attendee)
17 Nov 201820 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Visiting lecture by Mark S. Smith: “The Three Bodies of God"

Jutta Jokiranta (Attendee)
21 Mar 2018

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

The Martyrdom of Paphnutius: A Survey of Manuscripts

Ivan Miroshnikov (Speaker)
12 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Datasets

Press / Media

Yhtenäisyyden voima ja vaara

Jutta Maria Jokiranta

28/11/2018

1 media contribution

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"Marj-tätin murteella ne luennottii sujjuu"

Martti Heikki Nissinen

24/11/2018

1 item of media coverage

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Haastattelu Yle Radio 1: Horisontti

Elisa Katariina Uusimäki

05/08/2018

1 item of media coverage

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Raamattu ja minä

Martti Heikki Nissinen

26/07/2018

1 item of media coverage

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