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  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

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    Finland

  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3), 408

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

1987 …2025
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Martti Nissinen (born 1959 in Kuopio, Finland) is Doctor of Theology (1992) and Professor of Old Testament studies at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology (2007–). He is also the leader of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” (2014–19). Earlier, Nissinen has served the University of Helsinki as Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East (2002–2007), as research fellow of the Academy of Finland (1994–2002), and as Assistant Professor of Old Testament studies (1985–1994). He also served as translator of the Finnish Bible Translation Commission for two years in the late 1980’s, and as the leader of the Finnish Doctoral Programme of Theology in 2009–14.

Nissinen is known as an expert of the prophetic phenomenon in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, and his research interests include also gender issues (love poetry, homoeroticism, masculinity) in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean. His books include Ancient Prophecy (2017), Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East (2003), Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective (1998), References to Prophecy in Neo-Assyrian Sources (1998), and Prophetie, Redaktion und Fortschreibung im Hoseabuch (Diss., 1991). He has edited several volumes and published a significant number of articles on topics related to prophecy, gender, and history of ancient Near Eastern religion.

Nissinen was member of the Institute of Advanced Study in 2008–9 and 2016, visitor in 2011, and member in 2016. He has lectured in ca. 40 European and North American universities and has several positions of trust in academic communities, for example, Society of Biblical Literature, OTSEM network, and Finnish Exegetical Society. He is Honorary Member of the Society for Old Testament Study, member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Chairman of the Foundation for the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, and the Inspector of the Savonian Student Nation.

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Old Testament Studies

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

Publications 1987 2019

Male Agencies in the Song of Songs

Nissinen, M., 2019, Hebrew Masculinities Anew. Creangă, O. (ed.). Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, p. 251–73 23 p. (Hebrew Bible Monographs ; no. 79).

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

Nichtmännliche Prophetie in Quellen des Alten Orients

Translated title of the contribution: Non-Male Prophets in Ancient Near Eastern SourcesNissinen, M., 2019, Prophetie. Fischer, I. & Claassens, J. (eds.). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, Vol. 1.2. p. 65–94 30 p. (Die Bibel und die Frauen; vol. 1, no. 2).

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Prophetic Divination: Essays in Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy

Nissinen, M. H., 2019, Berlin: De Gruyter. 800 p. (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft; no. 494)

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Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East: Second Edition

Nissinen, M., Seow, C-L., Ritner, R. K. & Melchert, H. C., Jul 2019, 2 ed. Atlanta: Society of biblical literature. 343 p. (Writings from the Ancient World; no. 41)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Raamattu ja avioliitto perustevaliokunnan avioliittomietinnössä

Nissinen, M. H. & Vähäkangas, P. H., 2019, In : Vartija : ihminen, uskonto, yhteiskunta.. 2/2019

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Open Access

Projects 2012 2025

Prizes

Activities 1994 2019

Teologinen opintopiiri/Lohjan seurakunta

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
2 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

(Self-)Presentation and Perception of Powerful Women in the Ancient World

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
31 Jan 20191 Feb 2019

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

Tieteiden yö

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Pyhätkin tekstit muuttuvat – esimerkkinä Raamattu

Martti Nissinen (Speaker)
26 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The Strange and the Familiar: Identity and Empire in the Ancient Near East

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
23 Aug 201924 Aug 2019

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

Press / Media

Yle Puhe: Homo religiosus

Martti Nissinen

11/08/2019

1 item of media coverage

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Kirkolliskokouksen perustevaliokunnan avioliittomietintö

Martti Nissinen

30/05/2019

1 item of media coverage

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Sukupuolien moninaisuus teologian ja kirkon näkökulmasta

Martti Nissinen

27/03/2019

1 media contribution

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Kirkko ja kaupunki: Kaikessa rauhassa

Martti Nissinen

14/02/2019

1 media contribution

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