Selected (mostly open access) articles by CSTT researchers. For all publications by members of the Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions, please visit their respective research profile on the CSTT project website of the University of Helsinki. Also check out the Zenodo community for some of our open access publications.


Borchardt, Francis. “The Temple Scroll in the Context of Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman Scholarly Texts.” JQR 108.

Jokiranta, Jutta, Katri Antin, Rick Bonnie, Raimo Hakola, Hanna Tervanotko, Elisa Uusimäki, and Sami Yli-Karjanmaa. “Changes in Research on Judaism in the Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods.Studia Theologica – Nordic Journal of Theology, November. Routledge, 1–27.

Pajunen, Mika. “Creation as the Liturgical Nexus of the Blessings and Curses in 4QBerakhot.” Ancient Readers and their Scriptures: Engaging the Hebrew Bible in Early Judaism and Christianity. Eds. Allen, G. & Dunne, J. Leiden: Brill, 27-39.

Tekoniemi, Timo. “Editorial In(ter)ventions: Comparing the Editorial Processes of the Hebrew Bible and the Star Wars Saga.” Journal of Religion & Film 22.


Aejmelaeus, Anneli. “What Happened to the Text in Jer 25:1–7?TC (22), 1-20.

Bonnie, Rick. “From Stadium to Harbor. Reinterpreting the Curved Ashlar Structure in Roman Tiberias.” BASOR 377, 21-38.

Borchardt, Francis. “What Do You Do When a Text is Failing? The Letter of Aristeas and the Need for a New Pentateuch.JSJ 48, 1-21.

Hakola, Raimo. “The Production and Trade of Fish as Source of Economic Growth in the First Century CE Galilee; Galilean Exonomy Reexamined.” Novum Testamentum 59, 111-130.

Jokiranta, Jutta. “Ritualization and the Power of Listing in 4QBerakhota (4Q286).Is There a Text in This Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke. Eds. Feldman, A, Cioata, M., Hempel C. Leiden: Brill, 438-458.

Mäkipelto, Ville & Tekoniemi, Timo & Tucker, Miika, “Large-Scale Transposition as an Editorial Technique in the Textual History of the Hebrew Bible.” TC (22), 1-16.

Tekoniemi, Timo. “Eläinten rooli mesopotamialaisessa Gilgamesh-eepoksessa.” Trace: Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies 3, 72-92. (Finnish article: “The Role of Animals in the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh”)

Tolonen, Anna-Liisa & Uusimäki, Elisa. “Managing the Ancestral Way of Life in the Roman Diaspora: The Mélange of Philosophical and Scriptural Practice in 4 Maccabees.JSJ 48, 1-29.

von Weissenberg, Hanne & Uusimäki, Elisa. “Are There Sacred Texts in Qumran? The Concept of Sacred in Light of the Qumran Collection.Is There a Text in This Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke. Eds. Feldman, A., Cioata, M., Hempel C. Leiden: Brill, 21-41.


Borchardt, Francis. “Reading Aid: 2 Maccabees and the History of Jason of Cyrene Reconsidered.” JSJ 47, 71-87.

Jokiranta, Jutta. “What is ‘Serekh ha-Yahad (S)’? Thinking About Ancient Manuscript as Information Processing.” Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at Seventy. Ed. Baden, J., Najman, H., Tigchelaar, E. Leiden: Brill, 611-635.

Kauhanen, Tuukka. “Septuagint in the West: The Significance of the Post-Lucianic Latin Witnesses for the Textual History of Kings.” Die Septuaginta – Orte und Intentionen. Ed. S. Kreuzer, M. Meiser, M. Sigismund. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 309-325.

Nissinen, Martti. “Relative Masculinities in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.” Being a Man: Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity. Ed. Zsolnay, I. Rutledge, 221-247.


Aejmelaeus, Anneli. “When Did the Books of Samuel Become Scripture?” From Author to Copyist: Essays on the Composition, Redaction, and Transmission of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Zipi Talshir. Ed. Werman, C. Eisenbrauns, 263–281.

Kletter, Raz. “An Iron Age Cemetery and Other Remains at Yavne,” ‘Atiqot  81, 1–33.

Kletter, Raz, Saarelainen, Katri & Weksler-Bdolah, S. “Recently Discovered Iron Age Lion Figurines from Jerusalem,”  Antiguo Oriente 12, 39–70.

Nissinen, Martti. “(How) Does the Book of Ezekiel Reveal Its Babylonian Context?” Welt des Orients 45(1): 85–98.

Pajunen, Mika S. & von Weissenberg, Hanne. “The Book of Malachi, Manuscript 4Q76 (4QXIIa), and the Formation of the ‘Book of the Twelve.’” Journal of Biblical Literature 134(4): 731–51.

Tervanotko, Hanna. “’Obey me like your mother’ (L.A.B. 33:1) Deborah’s Leadership in Light of Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 33”Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 24(4), pp. 301–323. [see also Mothers as Leaders in Early Jewish Texts on]

Tervanotko, Hanna. “Members of Levite Family and Ideal Marriages in Aramaic Levi Document, Visions of Amram and Jubilees”Revue de Qumrân 106 (2015), pp. 155–176. [see also Members of Levite Family and Ideal Marriages on]


de Hulster, Izaak J.  “Ethnicity and ‘the Myth of the Reborn Nation’: Investigations in collective identity, monotheism and the use of figurines in Yehud during the Achaemenid period,” Approaching Religion 4(2): 16–24.

Kletter, Raz. “In the Footsteps of Bagira: Ethnicity, archaeology, and ‘Iron I ethnic Israel’,” Approaching Religion 4(2): 2–15.

Nissinen, Martti. “Sacred Springs and Liminal Rivers: Water and Prophecy in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean,” Thinking of Water in the Early Second Temple Period. Ed. Ben Zvi, E. & Levin, C. Berlin: de Gruyter, 29–48.

Nissinen, Martti. “Biblical Masculinities: Musings on Theory and Agenda,” Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded. Ed. Ovidiu Creangă and Peter-Ben Smit. Hebrew Bible Monographs 62. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 271–285.

Silverman, Jason. “Vetting the Priest in Zechariah 3: The Satan between Divine and Achaemenid Administrations”Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 14. [see also The Origins of Satan in Judaism on]

Silverman, Jason. “Yes We Can (Hyperbolize)! Ideals, Rhetoric, and Tradition Transmission”Journal of the Bible and its Reception 1(2), 263–284. [see also Understanding Rhetoric and Hyperbole in the Hebrew Bible on]


Aejmelaeus, Anneli. “The Septuagint and Oral Translation,” XIV Congress of the IOSCS, Helsinki, 2010. Ed. M. K. H. Peters. Atlanta: SBL,  5–13.

Jutta Jokiranta. “Ritual System in the Qumran Movement: Frequency, Boredom and Balance,” Mind, Morality, and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies. Ed. Czachesz, I. & Uro, R. Durham: Acumen, 144–163.

Pakkala, Juha. “The Methodological Hazards in Reconstructing the So–called Kingdom of Geshur,” Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament 2(2): 226–246.

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