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Description of research and teaching

The focus of my research is on the formative phase of sacred texts in Second Temple Judaism, that is, on the processes of copying, editing, actualizing, and translating religious texts that later became part of the authoritative collection of Scripture. A central role in this research is played by the Septuagint, the early Jewish Greek translation (iii–ii B.C.E.) of the Hebrew Bible, which was translated from a Hebrew original widely different from the later standard text, the so-called Masoretic Text (from ii C.E. onwards). Important material for this inquiry has been obtained from the Dead Sea discoveries (ii–i B.C.E.).

  • Text-critical methodology "after Qumran"
  • Textual criticism of the Septuagint, particularly, in the Books of Samuel in preparation of the critical edition of I Samuel/I Regnorum for the Göttingen edition
  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and the use of the Septuagint in it (the Books of Samuel and Jeremiah, in particular)
  • Research into the origins of the Septuagint and the emergence of "Scripture" in the late Second Temple Period
  • Intertextuality within the Bible

Curriculum vitae

Research Assistant, Academy of Finland, 1.1.1981 – 31.12.1983

Appointed to Docent for Old Testament Exegesis, University of Helsinki, 26.5.1983 –

Junior Researcher, Academy of Finland, 1.1.1984 – 31.7.1986

Lecturer of Exegetics, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.8.1986 – 31.7.1992 (most of the time off duty)

Senior Researcher, Academy of Finland, 1.8.1987 – 31.7.1990

Professor of Old Testament and Septuagint Research (Altes Testament mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Septuaginta-Forschung), Faculty of Theology, University of Göttingen,   2.4.1991 –  31.7.2009

Director of the research institute „Septuaginta-Unternehmen“, Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, 1993 – 2000

Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Göttingen 1.4.1999 – 31.3.2000

Fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 1.8.2002 – 31.7.2006

Second Deputy Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 1.2.2005 – 31.7.2006

Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Literature, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.3.2009 – 30.9.2016

Professor in Charge of the Department, Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.8.2011–31.12.2013

Vice-director, Centre of Excellence "Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions," Academy of Finland/Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.1.2014

 

 

Keywords

  • 614 Theology
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Septuagint
  • Textual Criticism
  • Methodology

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

Publications 2002 2018

From Scribal Error to Rewriting: How Ancient Texts Could and Could Not Be Changed

Aejmelaeus, A. P. M. (ed.), Longacre, D. G. (ed.) & Mirotadze, N. (ed.), 2018, (In preparation) (De Septuaginta Investigationes)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Oikeudenmukaisuuden juuret Vanhassa testamentissa

Aejmelaeus, A. P. M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Oikeudenmukaisuuden ongelma. Häyry, M., Takala, T. & Ahola-Launonen, J. (eds.). Gaudeamus, p. 235-247 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Rewriting David and Goliath?

Aejmelaeus, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) From Scribal Error to Rewriting: How Ancient Texts Could and Could Not Be Changed. Aejmelaeus, A., Longacre, D. & Mirotadze, N. (eds.). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , 19 p. (De Septuaginta Investigationes).

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

Open Access
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Sisälle Septuagintaan

Tucker, M. P. (ed.), Kujanpää, K. H. (ed.) & Aejmelaeus, A. P. M. (ed.), 2018, Helsinki: Suomen eksegeettinen seura. 320 p. (Suomen eksegeettisen seuran julkaisuja; no. 116)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

The Books of Samuel

Aejmelaeus, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint. Salvesen, A. & Law, T. M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 10 p.

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

Projects 2009 2019

Activities 1990 2018

Felix Albrecht

Tuukka Kauhanen (Host), Anneli Pirjo Marjukka Aejmelaeus (Host)
Jul 2018Dec 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Texts, Traditions and Transmission

Raimo Hakola (Chair of organizing committee), Jessi Anita Orpana (Member of organizing committee), Paavo Johannes Huotari (Member of organizing committee), Anneli Pirjo Marjukka Aejmelaeus (Member of organizing committee)
21 May 201824 May 2018

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

File

Samuel-Kings Editors' Workshop

Tuukka Kauhanen (Member of organizing committee), Anneli Pirjo Marjukka Aejmelaeus (Member of organizing committee)
12 Jan 201714 Jan 2017

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

Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2017

Anneli Aejmelaeus (Speaker: Presenter)
18 Nov 201721 Nov 2017

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

Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint

Anneli Aejmelaeus (Attendee), Raija Tellervo Sollamo (Member of organizing committee), Anssi Voitila (Secretary of organizing committee), Sipilä Seppo (Member of organizing committee)
1 Jun 20173 Jun 2017

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

Press / Media

Kirkkopäivät, Oulu

Anneli Pirjo Marjukka Aejmelaeus

27/05/2005

1 media contribution

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Alakerta, Aamulehti

Anneli Pirjo Marjukka Aejmelaeus

28/09/2002

1 media contribution

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Kirkon seminaari Raamatusta

Anneli Pirjo Marjukka Aejmelaeus

29/08/2002

1 media contribution

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