The annual meeting of the OTSEM network was hosted by the University of Helsinki last weekend (8.-10.9.2017). The meeting was held at Park Hotel Käpylä and it was co-sponsored by the Finnish Academy’s Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions” and the Finnish Institute in the Middle East. Around 60 young scholars from 13 different institutions and 7 different countries took part in the successful scholarly discussions. Continue reading Young Scholars from Northern European Universities Gathered in Helsinki for OTSEM
Reinhard Müller and Juha Pakkala, eds (2017) Insights into Editing in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. What Does the Documented Evidence Tell Us about the Transmission of Authoritative Texts? Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology 84. Leuven: Peeters.
Documented evidence has shown that the Hebrew Bible was edited by successive scribes for centuries, and the impact of editing on the resulting text has proven to be crucial. A better understanding of any issue in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel requires a deep understanding of the editorial processes. As a consequence, the editorial processes of the Hebrew Bible have come to the fore in the most recent scholarly debates.
Nevertheless, editorial processes in the Hebrew Bible are still poorly understood and a methodological overview is lacking. It is apparent that collaboration between scholars of different fields is needed, and a methodological discussion that takes into account all the editorial techniques witnessed by documented evidence in the Hebrew scriptures and the rest of the ancient Near East is required. This book is a step in this direction. Contributions in this volume by leading scholars approach the issue from various perspectives, including methodology, textual criticism, redaction criticism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Assyriology, and Egyptology.
For more information and to order the book, please visit Peeters Publishers.
The Faculty of Theology invites applications for the position of PROFESSOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies. Continue reading Permanent or Tenure-Track Position in Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies at University of Helsinki
Hanna Tervanotko (2016) Denying Her Voice: The Figure of Miriam in Ancient Jewish Literature. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements 23. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. Continue reading New Book “Denying Her Voice: The Figure of Miriam in Ancient Jewish Literature” (V&R, 2016)
Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity (London: Routledge, 2016) is the first-ever collection of essays on masculinity in the ancient Near Eastern textual and iconographical sources. It is a formative work which reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond. Through a juxtaposition of studies into Neo-Assyrian artistic representations and omens, biblical hymns and narrative, Hittite, Akkadian, and Indian epic, as well as detailed linguistic studies on gender and sex in the Sumerian and Hebrew languages, the book challenges traditional understandings and assumed homogeneity for what it meant “to be a man” in antiquity. Being a Man is an indispensable resource for students of the ancient Near East, and a fascinating study for anyone with an interest in gender and sexuality throughout history. Continue reading New Book “Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity” (Routledge, 2016)
The event will take place Monday and Tuesday, May 23rd-24th, in the Faculty Hall (Tiedekuntasali), Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. Continue reading “Patterns of Change in Literary Development: a Workshop on the Documented Editing of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament”
CSTT-member Jutta Jokiranta, team leader of CSTT team 4, will give one of the Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity tomorrow (Fri March 11), which are organised by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Intersubjectivity in Interaction. Her lecture is entitled:
Social sciences meet biblical studies: Conversations with social identity and magical agency Continue reading Helsinki Lectures on Intersubjectivity: “Social sciences meet biblical studies”
Valomerkki.fi -sivuston lukijoita on puhuttanut tatuoinnit ja se ottaako Raamattu kantaa tatuointeihin. Kolmannen Mooseksen kirjan kohtaa 19:28 käytetään joissain uskonnollisissa piireissä perustelemaan, miksi iholle ei saisi ottaa tatuointeja. Continue reading Mainitaanko Vanhassa testamentissa tatuoinnit?
Izaak J. de Hulster, Brent A. Strawn & Ryan P. Bonfiglio (eds) (2015) Iconographic Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: An Introduction to Its Method and Practice. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. Continue reading New publication: “Iconographic Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament”