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  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

    00014

    Finland

1988 …2018
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Curriculum vitae

Risto Uro is University Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University Helsinki, Faculty of Theology, and a life member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge.

Uro’s research interests include the study of the Synoptic Gospels, Nag Hammadi and New Testament Apocrypha, the social world of the New Testament, and the methodology of the New Testament and Early Christian Studies. His current work focuses on applying ritual theory and cognitive science approaches to early Christianity.

Uro is the author of Ritual and Christian Beginnings: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Thomas: Seeking the Historical Context of the Gospel of Thomas (T & T Clark, 2003) as well as the co-editor of several edited volumes, such as Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies (Acumen, 2013), Sacred Marriages: The Divine-Human Sexual Metaphor from Sumer to Early Christianity (Eisenbrauns, 2008 ), and Explaining Christian Origins: Contributions from Cognitive and Social Science (Brill, 2007).

Uro is currently leading a Nordic research project on “Ritual and the Emergence of Early Christian Religion” (link: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ritual-earlychristianity/), funded by the Academy of Finland for the period of 2013–17. He is also the first editor of the Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual, 2018 (projected). 

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • New Testament Studies, New Testament Apocrypha, Ritual Studies, the Cognitive Science of Religion

Publications 1988 2018

Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity: Why It Is Helpful – and How?

Uro, R., Sep 2017, In : New Testament Studies. 63, 4, p. 516-533 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Ritual and Christian Beginnings: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis

Uro, R. I., Apr 2016, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Jeesus parantajana: Rituaalitutkimuksen näkökulma

Translated title of the contribution: Jesus as a healer: A ritual perspectiveUro, R., 2016, Raamattu ja magia. Valkama, K., von Weissenberg, H. & Nikki, N. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen eksegeettinen seura, p. 220-237 (Suomen Eksegeettisen Seuran julkaisuja; vol. 110).

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

Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies

Uro, R. (ed.) & Czachesz, I. (ed.), 2013, Durham: Acumen. 320 p. (Bible World)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

The interface of ritual and writing in the transmission of early Christian traditions

Uro, R., 2013, Mind, morality and magic: Cognitive science approaches in biblical studies. Czachesz, I. & Uro, R. (eds.). Durham: Acumen, p. 62-76 15 p. (BibleWorld).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Projects 2007 2017

Ritual and the Emergence of Early Christian Religion: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis

Uro, R., Roitto, R., Gudme, A. K., Kase, V., de Hemmer Gudme, A. & Nikki, N.

SUOMEN AKATEMIA

01/09/201331/08/2017

Project: Research project

Explaining Early Judaism and Christianity: Ritual, Memory and Identity

Luomanen, P., Hakola, R., Jokiranta, J., Uro, R., Shkul, M. & Vanhoja, T.

01/01/200731/12/2010

Project: Research project

Prizes

Suomen valkoisen ruusun ritarimerkki

Risto Uro (Recipient), 6 Dec 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1992 2019

Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity: How It Is Helpful -- and Why?

Risto Uro (Speaker)
4 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

Risto Uro (Speaker: Presenter)
23 Nov 201326 Nov 2013

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

Body, Brain, Behaviour: Socio-Cognitive Perspectives on Early Judaism and Early Christianity: A Nordic Network

Risto Uro (Speaker: Presenter)
16 May 201318 May 2013

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

Verkko-opetusmateriaali Teologi ja uskonnontutkija yhteistyössä

Anuleena Kimanen (Teacher), Tuomas Heikkilä (Participant), Risto Uro (Participant), Aku Visala (Participant), Mitra Härkönen (Participant), Tapani Innanen (Participant), Anne Birgitta Pessi (Participant)
May 2019 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Opetusvideo Uskonto, monimuotoinen tutkimusaihe

Anuleena Kimanen (Teacher), Heikki Pesonen (Teacher), Mulki Al-Sharmani (Participant), Maija Penttilä (Participant), Elina Vuola (Participant), Outi Lehtipuu (Participant), Risto Uro (Participant), Alexandra Bergholm (Participant), Mikko Kurenlahti (Participant), Teemu Taira (Participant)
May 2019 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

Press / Media

Varhaiskristillisiä rituaaleja voidaan tutkia tietokonesimulaatiolla

Risto Uro

29/11/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media