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

Gods in the Margins: Religion, Kingship, and the Fictionalized Frontier.

Konstantopoulos, G. V., 2020, (Accepted/In press) As Above, So Below: Religion and Geography – Proceedings following a Workshop Conducted during the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Philadelphia, July 11-15, 2016. Eisenbrauns

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

Psalms 151–155

Pajunen, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. Oxford University Press

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

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

Sages as Mediators of Divine Knowledge in Jewish Antiquity

Uusimäki, E. K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Textualization of Revelation. Stökl, J. & Tervanotko, H. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies).

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

The Minor Prophets in the Judean Desert Manuscripts

Pajunen, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Oxford Handbook of the Minor Prophets. O'Brien, J. (ed.). Oxford University Press

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

Argumenta tutkijatapaaminen: Tämän päivän lukutaidot

Laura Hanna Kokkonen (Member of organizing committee)
16 Apr 2019

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

Perspectives on Virtue: From Qumran to the Qur’an and Beyond

Elisa Uusimäki (Chair of organizing committee), Anna-Liisa Rafael (Member of organizing committee), Siiri Toiviainen (Member of organizing committee)
8 May 2019

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

‘Gender and Religious Identity: A Workshop with Daniel Boyarin’

Ilkka Lindstedt (Member of organizing committee), Elisa Uusimäki (Member of organizing committee)
27 May 2019

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

St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Elisa Uusimäki (Visiting researcher)
12 May 201915 May 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Prizes

Alfred Kordelinin säätiön tunnustuspalkinto

Raija Sollamo (Recipient), 6 Nov 2014

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

Gunning Lecturer – honorarium

Jutta Jokiranta (Recipient), Oct 2007

Prize: Prizes and awards

Datasets

Catalogue of Stepped Pools

Bonnie, R. (Creator), Zenodo, 1 Dec 2018

Dataset

Catalogue of Stone Vessels

Bonnie, R. (Creator), Zenodo, 1 Dec 2018

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Press / Media

Tyhjenikö amme?

Rick Bonnie, Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä & Paula Kouki

01/04/2019

1 media contribution

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Sukupuolien moninaisuus teologian ja kirkon näkökulmasta

Martti Nissinen

27/03/2019

1 media contribution

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Haastattelu Helsingin Sanomissa

Antti Lahelma

10/03/2019

1 item of media coverage

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Haastattelu Kotimaa lehteen

Mika Pajunen

28/02/2019

1 item of media coverage

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Kirkko ja kaupunki: Kaikessa rauhassa

Martti Nissinen

14/02/2019

1 media contribution

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