Team 2. Text and Authority

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Team 2 examines the processes of transmission of biblical texts and the scribal practices prior to the stabilization of the text of the Hebrew Bible (HB). The sources are the manuscripts from Qumran (2nd BCE–1st c. CE), the Septuagint (Greek translation of the HB, 3rd–2nd c. BCE), and the later standard text (Masoretic text, 2nd c. CE onwards). Observation of changes in textual witnesses until fairly late (1st BCE–1st CE) raises questions concerning the development of scriptural authority and the immutability of authoritative writings. The group provides case studies on the Pentateuch, historical books, Jeremiah, Minor Prophets, and Psalms. The method is textual criticism understood broadly and complemented with the translation technical approach, which enables the use of translations as witnesses of the HB. The status of these texts is studied through their use as sources in other writings of Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament (intertextuality, rewriting, exegesis).

MEMBERS

Team Leader
Anneli Aejmelaeus Anneli Aejmelaeus, Professor emerita in Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Literature
anneli.aejmelaeus@helsinki.fi

Expertise: Textual criticism of the Septuagint as well as of the Hebrew Bible, translation-technique and origins of the Septuagint, emergence of textual authority and formation of the canon
Profiles: University of Helsinki

Vice-Team Leader
kauhanen-t Tuukka Kauhanen, Post-Doctoral Researcher
tuukka.kauhanen@helsinki.fi

Project: The Text of Kings and Lucifer of Cagliari; The Septuagint of 2 Samuel
Expertise: Textual criticism; Samuel-Kings; Septuagint; Latin witnesses; indirect evidence
Profiles: University of Helsinki   |   Academia.edu

Researchers
Elina Perttilä Elina Perttilä, Post-Doctoral Researcher
elina.perttila@helsinki.fi

Project: Coptic Versions of the Book of Job
Expertise: Coptic Language; Septuagint; Translation Technique
Profile: University of Helsinki

Jessi Orpana, Post-Doctoral Researcher
jessi.orpana@helsinki.fi

Project: Rewriting the Creation of Humanity: Transmission and Reinterpretation of the Creation Tradition(s) in Late Second Temple Jewish Literature
Expertise: Second Temple Judaism, Qumran, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Reception of Traditions
Profile: University of Helsinki

Katja Kujanpää Katja Kujanpää, Doctoral Student
katja.kujanpaa@helsinki.fi

Project: Paul’s use of scriptural quotations in the Letter to the Romans
Expertise: Paul and Scriptures; Romans; Intertextuality; Septuagint
Profile: University of Helsinki
Interview: Silmät auki sitaateille: Haastattelussa Katja Kujanpää

Marketta Liljeström Marketta Liljeström, Doctoral Student
marketta.liljestrom@helsinki.fi

Project: The Syrohexaplaric 1 Samuel
Expertise: Syriac Language; Textual Criticism; Septuagint
Profile: University of Helsinki

Marika Pulkkinen, Doctoral Student
marika.pulkkinen@helsinki.fi

Project: The Septuagint Psalter in the Letters of Paul
Expertise: Paul; Septuagint
Profile: University of Helsinki

Christian Seppänen Christian Seppänen, Doctoral Student
christian.seppanen@helsinki.fi

Project: Hebrew Text of 1 Samuel
Expertise: Dead Sea Scrolls; Septuagint; Textual Criticism; Manuscripts; Translation Technique; Hebrew and Greek Linguistics
Profiles: University of Helsinki | Academia.edu

Miika Tucker Miika Tucker, Doctoral Student
miika.tucker@helsinki.fi

Project: The Septuagint Translation of Jeremiah
Expertise: The Book of Jeremiah; Textual criticism; Septuagint Studies; Translation technique
Profile: University of Helsinki

Hanne von Weissenberg Hanne von Weissenberg, Senior Member
hanne.vonweissenberg@helsinki.fi

Expertise: Dead Sea Scrolls; Formation of the canon and canonical processes; Authority and sacrality of scriptures; The Twelve Minor Prophets; Poverty and justice in the Hebrew Bible
Profiles: University of Helsinki | Academia.edu
Interview: Dosentti päivystää henkimaailman asioita: Haastattelussa Hanne von Weissenberg

Drew Longacre Drew Longacre, Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of Groningen
d.g.longacre@rug.nl

Project: Fragmentary Greek Manuscripts of the Book of Exodus
Expertise: Dead Sea Scrolls; Septuagint; Textual Criticism; Manuscript Studies
Profiles: University of Groningen | Academia.edu

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