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Curriculum vitae

Education

2018 University Pedagogy (15 ECTS[1] = UP1:Teach­ing and Learn­ing in Higher Education, UP2.1: Constructive Alignment in Course Design, UP2.2: Feedback and Assessment), Centre for University Teaching and Learning, University of Helsinki, Finland

22.11.2016 Doctor of Theology, Faculry of Theology, University of Helsinki

24.1.2011 Master of Theology, Faculty of Theololgy, University of Helsinki

29.11.2010 Bachelor of Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

 

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, grant funded, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

 

Employment History

Sep 2019 – Aug 2020 Postdoctoral FellowFunded by Finnish Cultural Foundation located in Salzburg, Austria

Dec 2017 – Aug 2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes of Sacred Texts and Tradition” (CSTT), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki (www.cstt.fi)

May – Jun 2017 Lecturer in Hebrew language, Open University of Helsinki

Mar – April 2017 Part-time lecturer in Biblical studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Aug – Dec 2016 Lecturer in Theological subjects, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK), Helsinki, Pori, Pieksämäki, Finland

Apr – May 2016 Coordinator of the Annual Symposium of the Finnish Doctoral Programme of Theology, University of Helsinki

Jan 2014 – Mar 2016 Doctoral Candidate, Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” (CSTT), University of Helsinki, Finland

Nov 2013 – Dec 2015 Part-time coordinator of the Doctoral Seminar in Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

Aug 2011 – Aug 2012 Doctoral candidate, EURYI-award funded project ”Birth and Transmission of a Holy Tradition” (leader: docent Juha Pakkala), University of Helsinki

Feb – Jul 2011 Research assistant in Academy of Finland project “Textual Criticism of the Septuagint,” (leader: Prof. Anneli Aejmelaeus), University of Helsinki

Nov 2010 – Jan 2011 Part-time research assistant in Academy of Finland project “Conflicting Identities: Social and Religious Identities in Light of the Qumran Material from the Judaean Desert,” (leader: Prof. Raija Sollamo), University of Helsinki

 

Scholarships and Grants

2017 Foundations’ Post Doc Pool, 38 000 €

2013 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), 4000 €

2013 Finnish Concordia Found, scholarships to support women’s studies, 6000 €

2012 University of Helsinki Research Foundation, 21 000 €

2012 Chancellor’s travel grant to attend Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting in Chicago, 700 €

 

International Mobility from Finland

Sep 2019 – Apr 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Salzburg, Austria (host: Prof. Kristin De Troyer)

Feb – Mar 2016 Visiting scholar, University of Manchester, UK (host: Prof. George Brooke)

Oct – Dec 2014 Visiting doctoral student, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (host: Prof. Eileen Schuller)

Sep – Dec 2013 Visiting doctoral student, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany (hosts: Profs. Reihard Kratz and Annette Steudel)

Sep 2012 Research visit the to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archives, Jerusalem Israel            

Jan – Jun 2012 Visiting doctoral student, University of Manchester, UK (host: Prof. George Brooke)

Oct 2009 Research visit the to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archives, Jerusalem Israel

 

Positions of Trust


2020 – 2025 Dead Sea Scrolls research unit chair, European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)

2019  Postdoc vice representative of the board in Finnish Academy Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” (CSTT)

2018 – present, inspector of activities, Finnish Exegetical Society (FES)

2017– present Postdoc representative of the research network “Old Testament Studies: Epistemologies and Methods” (OTSEM: http://otsem.blogs.uni-hamburg.de)

2015 Doctoral candidate vice representative of the CSTT board

 

Society Memberships

  • European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
  • Society of Biblical Studies (SBL)
  • Old Testament Studies: Epistemologies and Methods (OTSEM)
  • The International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS)
  • Finnish Exegetical Society (FES)

 

Media Appearances

2018 Interview in Kotimaa magazine (1.3.2018)

2017 Pisara-programme, episode 12 (25.3.2017), YLE (Finnish national TV)

2016 Interview in Kirkko & Kaupunki magazine (10.3.2016)

2016 Interview in Valomerkki online-magazine (1.3.2016)

 

Experience of Organizing International Scientific Meetings

2018 Texts, Traditions and Transmission: Global and Local Transitions in the Late Second Temple Period (Tbilisi Javakhishvili State University, Georgia, 21.–24.5.2018)

2018 Translation and Theology in the Septuagint –Symposium (University of Helsinki, Finland, 12.1.2018)

2015 CSTT Annual Meeting: Change (Ivalo, Finland, 7.–10.4.2016)

2015 Helsinki Workshop on the Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period (University of Helsinki, 25.–26.9.2015)

2012 Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions - Workshop and Symposium (Ivalo, Finland, 25.–29.3.2012)

2010 The International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) (University of Helsinki, Finland, 29.7.–6.8.2010)

 

International Academic Papers

  • “Attitudes Displayed towards Foreign Nations, Culture, and People in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls” 13.8.2019 EABS (Warsaw, Poland)
  • “Interaction with Foreigners in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls” 6.8.2019 IOQS (Aberdeen, UK)
  • “Prominent Authoritative Figures in the Aramaic Texts from Qumran” 10.5.2019 CSTT Annual Meeting Methods and Theories: Engaging with the Ancient World (Sannäs, Finland)
  • ”Representations of Priest in the Aramaic Qumran Material” 24.5.2018 Texts, Traditions and Transmission: Global and Local Transitions in the Late Second Temple Period (Tbilisi Javakhishvili State University, Georgia)
  • “The Transmission of Creation Traditions in the Late Second Temple Period” 20.11.2017 (SBL Annual Meeting Boston)
  • “Cultural Negotiation” 27.4.2017 Workshop on Social-Scientific Theorizing and Biblical Studies (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • “Perspectives on Transmission Processes in Late Second Temple Period” 15.9.2015 Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran Movement - European Network in Qumran Studies (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • “Gender Perspectives in the Book of Jubilees” 13.11.2014 Doctoral Seminar on Topics in Early Jewish Literature (McMaster University, Hamilton Canada)
  • “Transmission and Reinterpretation of Creation Traditions and Imagery in the Wisdom of Ben Sira” 3.10.2014 Ancient Readers and their Scriptures: The Texts, Reading Strategies, and the Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple and Early Judaism (St. Andrews, UK)
  • “Hierarchy of Sources: Ben Sira's Selective Use of Creation Traditions” 13.12.2013 Doktorandenkolloquium (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
  • “Legacy of the Patriarchs in Ben Sira” 26.7.2013 References to the Patriarchs in the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Manchester, Newton Fellowship, and Nordic Network Symposium (Manchester, UK)
  • “Changes in Nudity and Sexuality from Genesis to Jubilees” 3.6.2013 Qumran Colloquium (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • “Timing of Events, Purity and Nudity: Rewriting the Creation of Humanity in Jubilees” 19.11.2012 SBL Annual Meeting (Chicago, USA)
  • “Created Together, Covered Separately: First Man and Woman in Jubilees” 19.9.2012 OTSEM Conference (Oxford, UK)
  • “Do Not Uncover Yourselves as Gentiles Do: Nudity of First Woman and Man in Jubilees” 27.7.2012 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (Leuven, Belgium)
  • “What Should We Include When We Talk About Creation of Humanity in Early Jewish Texts?” 23.4.2012 Durham-Manchester-Sheffield Postgraduate Conference (Sheffield, UK)
  • “What is Rewriting if Anything?” 26.3.2012 Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions - Workshop and Symposium (Ivalo, Finland)
  • “The Entry into the Garden: Rewriting Creation” 1.10.2011 Authoritativeness of Scripture Symposium (Tallinn, Estonia)

+    Several times acted as respondent, panelist and chair in international academic conferences (EABS, CSTT, ISBL, OTSEM), 2014–2019.

 

Teaching experience

5–6/2020 BA level study group “Takomo” on Biblical Hebrew, Open University of Helsinki

3–5/2019 Course on Early Judaism including a lecture series “The Gradual Development of the Concept of Divine Election” (BA level, 5 ECTS), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

1–2/2019 Course on Creation traditions including lecture series “Creation Accounts in their Historical and Theological Contexts” (MA level, 5 ECTS), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

1–3/2018 Introduction to Hebrew language (BA level, 5 ECTS), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

5–6/2017 Introduction to Hebrew language (BA level, 5 ECTS), Open University of Helsinki

3–5/2017 Course on exegetical analysis and biblical interpretation (BA level, 5 ECTS), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

8–12/2016 Theological subjects (= biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, practical theology), Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK), Helsinki, Pori, Pieksämäki, Finland

9–11/2014 Introduction to Hebrew language (BA level, 5 ECTS), University of Helsinki

9/2015–3/2016 Multidiscipline course “Angels and Demons,” in collaboration with the University of Helsinki Teachers’ Academy network (MA level, 5 ECTS), University of Helsinki

2014–2018 Developed multidiscipline teaching methods, online teaching materials, and novel evaluation systems for lecture courses, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki Teachers’ Academy network, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK), Finland

2013–2018 Curriculum planning (BA and MA level), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

2013–2016 Research and teaching assistant in several bachelor, master, and doctoral research seminars organizing sessions, and helping supervise thesis, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

10–11/2013 Visiting lecturer, “Gender and the Bible”, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

4–6/2012 Teaching Assistant, “Old Testament Ethics from Joshua to Jesus”, University of Manchester, UK

2012–2019 Visiting lecturer on several BA and MA level lecture courses at Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki


[1] ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System, 1 ECTS = 27 hours

Education/Academic qualification

ThD, Biblical Studies

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Qumran
  • Apocrypha
  • Pseudepigrapha
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