• PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

    00014

    Finland

  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3), 408

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

1987 …2020

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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

Why Prophets Are (Not) Shamans?

Nissinen, M., Jan 2020, In : Vetus Testamentum. 70, 1, p. 124–139 16 p.

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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

Miten historiaa tutkitaan? Lähdekritiikki historiantutkimuksessa

Mäkipelto, V. (ed.), Laine, L. (ed.), Nissinen, M., Lahelma, A., Saari, S., Bonnie, R. (ed.), Lorenzon, M. (ed.), Wallis, C. (ed.) & Rostedt, K. (ed.), 7 May 2019

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Open Access

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: W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Vol. 1.2. p. 65–94 30 p. (Die Bibel und die Frauen; vol. 1, no. 2).

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

Oracles as Artefacts: The Material Aspect of Prophecy

Nissinen, M., 2019, When Gods Speak to Men: Divine Speech according to Textual Sources in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin. Anthonioz, S., Mouton, A. & Petit, D. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, p. 49–64 16 p. (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis; vol. 289).

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

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Projects

Prizes

Activities

AMME seminar (Ancient and Medieval Middle East)

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
29 Feb 2020

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

Queer Theology: Gender and Sexuality as Historical Problems - SKY PhD Course, University of Helsinki

Antu Sorainen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Martti Nissinen (Chair of organizing committee), Ken Stone (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Vilja Alanko (Speaker: Presenter), Moona Kinnunen (Speaker: Presenter)
23 Mar 202024 Mar 2020

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

Suomen teologinen instituutti

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
15 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Tieteiden yö

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
16 Jan 2020

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

Construction of Identities and late Mesopotamian archives (after 539 BCE)

Martti Nissinen (Speaker: Presenter)
12 Mar 2020Dec 2020

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

Press / Media

Unet opastivat jo Raamatun henkilöitä

Martti Nissinen

16/01/2020

1 item of Media coverage

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MTV Uutiset listasi kymmenen erityislaatuista adressia.

Martti Nissinen

22/10/2019

1 item of Media coverage

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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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