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1989 …2019
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Curriculum vitae

Dean, Faculty of Theology, UH (2014-7)

Professor of New Testament Studies (2008-)

Doctor of Theology, Faculty of Theology, UH (1994)

Project Researcher (1994-5); Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland (1995-2003, 2007-8); Acting Professor of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, UH (2003-7); vice-dean (education, 2010-3).

Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

The 1995 Dissertation Prize of the University of Helsinki

Teacher of the Year 2007, The Faculty Association for Theology Students (TYT)

Description of research and teaching

Research interests: Johannine literature; early Christian gospels; Gnosticism

Leader of the research team Christianity, Judaism and Greco-Roman Thought (one of the three teams comprising the Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition Research, director: Professor Risto Saarinen, Faculty of Theology, UH, 2014-9)

Leader of the research project Gnosticism and the Formation of Christianity, 2007-11, funded by the Academy of Finland (EUR200000, 2007-9) and University of Helsinki (2 x 4 yrs fulltime research posts for doctoral students, 2007-11)

Courses taught: introduction to the New Testament; introduction to New Testament theology; New Testament doctoral colloquium; introductory Coptic; lectures and seminars on Gnosticism; martyrdom; apostles; the Gospel of John; the Epistles of John; the Book of Revelation; the Gospel of Thomas.

Supervised doctoral theses (completed): Raimo Hakola (2003, published 2005); Randar Tasmuth (2004); Tuomas Rasimus (2006, published 2009); Minna Heimola (2010, published 2011); Päivi Vähäkangas (2012)


  • 614 Theology

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

Publications 1989 2018

Kirja-arvostelu: Troels Engberg-Pedersen, John and Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Dunderberg, I. O., 2018, (Submitted) In : Teologinen Aikakauskirja.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Open Access

Philo and the Valentinians: Protology, Cosmogony, and Anthropology

Auvinen, R. T., 4 Feb 2017, Helsinki: University of Helsinki. 253 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

Open Access

Recognizing the Valentinians--now and then

Dunderberg, I. O., 2017, The Other Side: Apocryphal Perspectives on Ancient Christian “Orthodoxies”. Nicklas, T., Moss, C., Tuckett, C. & Verheyden, J. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , p. 39-53 15 p. (Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus/Studien zur Umwelt des Neuen Testaments; vol. 117).

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

Open Access

Women and Knowledge in Early Christianity

Tervahauta, U. (ed.), Miroshnikov, I. (ed.), Lehtipuu, O-I. E. (ed.) & Dunderberg, I. O. (ed.), 2017, Leiden: Brill . 379 p. (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae; vol. 144)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Projects 2014 2019

Teologisen alan koulutus- ja osaamistarpeen ennakointi

Buchert, M., Sainio, J., Salomaa, H., Tuominen, V., Dunderberg, I., Vänttinen, M., Lindfelt, M., Kopperi, K. & Saurama, A.


Project: Research project

Activities 1999 2018

KU Leuven (External organisation)

Ismo Dunderberg (Board member)
Nov 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

SBL International Meeting / EABS Annual Meeting

Ismo Dunderberg (Attendee)
2018 → …

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

Response to Mark Goodacre, "Hypostasis of the Archons and Re-imagining Genesis"

Ismo Dunderberg (Speaker)
28 Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Panelist in radio programme Horisontti

Ismo Dunderberg


1 media contribution

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Radio-ohjelma: YLE1

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Radio-ohjelma: YLE1

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Radio-ohjelma: YLE1

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Radio-ohjelma: YLE1 Tieteen viikko

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