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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

Building sustainability: investigating earthen architecture and social practices in the Ancient Near East

Lorenzon, M.

01/01/202031/12/2022

Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

The Septuagint and Its Ancient Versions

Kauhanen, T., Vanonen, H., Seppänen, C., Tekoniemi, T., Purhonen, J. T. T., Ranta, A. J. & Kalavainen, H. P. K.

01/09/201931/08/2023

Project: Research project

Conceptions of Virtue in Early Judaism

Uusimäki, E., Rafael, A. & Yli-Karjanmaa, S.

01/12/201831/12/2020

Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Publications

Magic in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Nissinen, M., 2021, The Bible and Magic. Valkama, K. & Nikki, N. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , (Mundus Orientis).

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

Returning from the Diaspora of the Soul: Eschatology in Philo of Alexandria

Yli-Karjanmaa, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Eschatology in Antiquity. Marlow, H., Pollman, K. & van Noorden, H. (eds.). Routledge

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

Seafaring, Mobility and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity (ca. 150-700 CE).

Mataix Ferrándiz, E. (ed.), Hakola, R. (ed.) & Lampinen, A. J. (ed.), 2021, (In preparation) T & T Clark. (Ancient environments)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

185. 4QSapiential Admonitions B

Pajunen, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Discoveries in the Judaean Desert V Re-edition. Bernstein, M. & Brooke, G. (eds.).

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

2. Clemensin kirje: Translation of 2 Clement into Finnish

Kujanpää, K., 6 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) Apostoliset isät: Kokoelma varhaiskristillisiä kirjoituksia. Huttunen, N., Salminen, J. & Tervahauta, U. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalainen teologinen kirjallisuusseura

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

Activities

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

Tieteiden yö

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
16 Jan 2020

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

Construction of Identities and late Mesopotamian archives (after 539 BCE)

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
12 Mar 2020Dec 2020

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

Supervising and Examining of a Master's thesis

Outi Lehtipuu (Supervisor)
10 Mar 2020

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

UNA Europa Self-Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage

Suzie Thomas (Participant)
23 Jan 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Prizes

Alfred Kordelinin säätiön tunnustuspalkinto

Raija Sollamo (Recipient), 6 Nov 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

European Association of Biblical Studies Student Prize

Rotem Avneri Meir (Recipient), 11 Aug 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

EURYI-award for outstanding younge scholars

Juha Pakkala (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prizes and awards

Fouding member of Teachers' Academy, University of Helsinki

Petri Luomanen (Recipient), 31 Jan 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

Raamattu syntyi urbaanin maatalouden keskellä

Martti Nissinen

15/05/2020

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Unet opastivat jo Raamatun henkilöitä

Martti Nissinen

16/01/2020

1 item of Media coverage

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Babylon – synnin, paheiden ja Hammurabin kaupunki

Tero Alstola

16/01/2020

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kirkko ja kaupunki -lehden asiantuntijahaastattelu 19.12.2019

Katja Kujanpää

19/12/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media