Projects per year
CSTT aims at a more comprehensive understanding of the emergence and influence of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (HB) within the multicultural milieu of the ancient Near East. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to cultural, ideological, and material changes in the period when the sacred traditions of the HB were created, transmitted, and continuously transformed. The nature of the changes to be investigated involves two levels. (1) The types of changes taking place in TEXTUAL scribal work, testified by manuscript evidence. CSTT focuses on the composition and development of sacred texts in early Judaism: their writing, copying and editing, their rewriting and authorization. (2) SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS changes in the ancient Near East, testified by material culture as well as texts. Texts can be viewed as both products and promoters of changes in society and religion.
These changes, pre- and postdating the emergence of the HB writings are examined from the point of view of archaeology, sociology, and history of religion. The four research teams of CSTT gather around a mutual interdisciplinary interest in texts that eventually became part of the HB as well as texts that remained outside the biblical canon; the Septuagint as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls; relevant ancient Near Eastern texts, especially from Mesopotamia, and archaeological evidence. The major innovations of CSTT are that it cross-fertilizes fields of study that have drifted apart from each other in the course of the scholarly development, and investigates the biblical texts in the light of new source materials.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/2014 → 31/12/2019|
- Academy of Finland: €2,796,680.00
Fields of Science
- 614 Theology
- 615 History and Archaeology
Religious Responses to Climate Change in the Southern Levant: Understanding the rise and fall of Jewish ritual purification baths in the Hasmonean-Roman period
01/01/2019 → 31/12/2022
Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project
Bonnie, R., Aug 2021, In: Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies. 9, 3, p. 278-298 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Svärd, S., Alstola, T., Jauhiainen, H., Sahala, A. & Linden, K., 2021, The Expression of Emotions in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Hsu, S-W. & Llop-Raduà, J. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 470-502 33 p. (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East; vol. 116).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Sebastian Fink (Speaker)31 Jan 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Tuukka Kauhanen (Speaker)14 May 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation