Ritual and Change in the Qumran Movement and Judaean Society

Project Details


The Qumran texts (part of the Dead Sea Scrolls) contain an enormous amount of crucial first-hand evidence from the late Second Temple period (c. 200 BCE–70CE) on ancient Jewish ritual practices. The proposed plan will address both individual rituals and their role in the Qumran movement as well as the wider question of how the ritual life of the movement is reflective of and impacted on the changes during this period. It is innovative in its introduction of new tools from the cognitive science of religion, which seeks cross cultural patterns in religious thought, experience, and practice. Special focus is placed on the study of the covenant renewal ritual in the Qumran movement, in which members re-enacted the covenant relationship with God and their membership and ranking in the Qumran movement. It includes various ritual elements (curses and blessings, confession, purification). Material reconstruction is needed to have a sound basis of relevant manuscripts.
Effective start/end date01/09/201431/08/2019


  • SUOMEN AKATEMIA: €434,485.00
  • SUOMEN AKATEMIA: €64,474.00

Research Output

  • 8 Chapter
  • 1 Anthology or special issue
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Quoting, Writing, and Reading: Authority in Pesher Habakkuk from Qumran

Jokiranta, J. M., 2019, Between Canonical and Apocryphal Texts : Processes of Reception, Rewriting and Interpretation in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. Frey, J., Clivaz, C. & Nicklas, T. (eds.). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, p. 185-211 27 p. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament ; no. 419).

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

Open Access

Review of Jessica M. Keady, Vulnerability and Valour: A Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Dead Sea Scrolls Communities

Jokiranta, J. M., 2018, (Submitted) In : Journal of Semitic Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Rituaaliset uudistukset varhaisjuutalaisuudessa

Bonnie, R. G. L. M. & Jokiranta, J., 2018, Kiveen hakattu? Pyhät tekstit ja perinteet muutoksessa. Nissinen, M. & Vähäkylä, L. (eds.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, p. 156-170 15 p. (Tutkitusti).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public



  • 14 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 4 Academic visit to other institution
  • 1 Public Talks
  • 1 Academic visit at UH

Visiting lecture by Mark S. Smith: “The Three Bodies of God"

Jutta Jokiranta (Attendee)

21 Mar 2018

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

David Chalcraft

Jutta Jokiranta (Host)

26 Apr 201727 Apr 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

SBL Annual Meeting / AAR Annual Meeting 2017

Jutta Jokiranta (Attendee)

16 Nov 201722 Nov 2017

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