Anneli Aejmelaeus

Person

    Research areas

  • 614 Theology - Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Textual Criticism, Methodology

Description of research and teaching

The focus of my research is on the formative phase of sacred texts in Second Temple Judaism, that is, on the processes of copying, editing, actualizing, and translating religious texts that later became part of the authoritative collection of Scripture. A central role in this research is played by the Septuagint, the early Jewish Greek translation (iii–ii B.C.E.) of the Hebrew Bible, which was translated from a Hebrew original widely different from the later standard text, the so-called Masoretic Text (from ii C.E. onwards). Important material for this inquiry has been obtained from the Dead Sea discoveries (ii–i B.C.E.).

  • Text-critical methodology "after Qumran"
  • Textual criticism of the Septuagint, particularly, in the Books of Samuel in preparation of the critical edition of I Samuel/I Regnorum for the Göttingen edition
  • Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and the use of the Septuagint in it (the Books of Samuel and Jeremiah, in particular)
  • Research into the origins of the Septuagint and the emergence of "Scripture" in the late Second Temple Period
  • Intertextuality within the Bible
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Further information on the affiliationProfessor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Literature, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.3.2009 – 30.9.2016 Vice-Director of the Centre of Excellence "Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions," 1.1.2014 - Professor Emerita, Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.10.2016 -

Curriculum Vitae

Research Assistant, Academy of Finland, 1.1.1981 – 31.12.1983

Appointed to Docent for Old Testament Exegesis, University of Helsinki, 26.5.1983 –

Junior Researcher, Academy of Finland, 1.1.1984 – 31.7.1986

Lecturer of Exegetics, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.8.1986 – 31.7.1992 (most of the time off duty)

Senior Researcher, Academy of Finland, 1.8.1987 – 31.7.1990

Professor of Old Testament and Septuagint Research (Altes Testament mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Septuaginta-Forschung), Faculty of Theology, University of Göttingen,   2.4.1991 –  31.7.2009

Director of the research institute „Septuaginta-Unternehmen“, Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, 1993 – 2000

Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Göttingen 1.4.1999 – 31.3.2000

Fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 1.8.2002 – 31.7.2006

Second Deputy Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 1.2.2005 – 31.7.2006

Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Literature, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.3.2009 – 30.9.2016

Professor in Charge of the Department, Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.8.2011–31.12.2013

Vice-director, Centre of Excellence "Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions," Academy of Finland/Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1.1.2014

 

 

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Oikeudenmukaisuuden juuret Vanhassa testamentissa

    Aejmelaeus, A. P. M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Oikeudenmukaisuuden ongelma. Häyry, M., Takala, T. & Ahola-Launonen, J. (eds.). Gaudeamus, p. 235-247 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

  2. Accepted/In press

    Rewriting David and Goliath?

    Aejmelaeus, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) From Scribal Error to Rewriting: How Ancient Texts Could and Could Not Be Changed. Aejmelaeus, A., Longacre, D. & Mirotadze, N. (eds.). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , 19 p. (De Septuaginta Investigationes)

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

  3. Accepted/In press

    The Books of Samuel

    Aejmelaeus, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint. Salvesen, A. & Law, T. M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 10 p.

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

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Latest activities

  1. University of Münster

    Aejmelaeus, A. (Visiting researcher)
    7 Dec 20179 Dec 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  2. Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2017

    Aejmelaeus, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    18 Nov 201721 Nov 2017

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

  3. Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint

    Aejmelaeus, A. (Attendee), Sollamo, R. (Member of organizing committee), Voitila, A. (Secretary of organizing committee), Sipilä Seppo (Member of organizing committee)
    1 Jun 20173 Jun 2017

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

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