Ismo Dunderberg


Description of research and teaching

Research interests: Johannine literature; early Christian gospels; Gnosticism

Leader of the research team Christianity, Judaism and Greco-Roman Thought (one of the three teams comprising the Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition Research, director: Professor Risto Saarinen, Faculty of Theology, UH, 2014-9)

Leader of the research project Gnosticism and the Formation of Christianity, 2007-11, funded by the Academy of Finland (EUR200000, 2007-9) and University of Helsinki (2 x 4 yrs fulltime research posts for doctoral students, 2007-11)

Courses taught: introduction to the New Testament; introduction to New Testament theology; New Testament doctoral colloquium; introductory Coptic; lectures and seminars on Gnosticism; martyrdom; apostles; the Gospel of John; the Epistles of John; the Book of Revelation; the Gospel of Thomas.

Supervised doctoral theses (completed): Raimo Hakola (2003, published 2005); Randar Tasmuth (2004); Tuomas Rasimus (2006, published 2009); Minna Heimola (2010, published 2011); Päivi Vähäkangas (2012)

Further information on the affiliationDean, Faculty of Theology (2014-17)

Curriculum Vitae

Dean, Faculty of Theology, UH (2014-7)

Professor of New Testament Studies (2008-)

Doctor of Theology, Faculty of Theology, UH (1994)

Project Researcher (1994-5); Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland (1995-2003, 2007-8); Acting Professor of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, UH (2003-7); vice-dean (education, 2010-3).

Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

The 1995 Dissertation Prize of the University of Helsinki

Teacher of the Year 2007, The Faculty Association for Theology Students (TYT)

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Recognizing the Valentinians--now and then

    Dunderberg, I. O. 2017 The Other Side: Apocryphal Perspectives on Ancient Christian “Orthodoxies”. Moss, C., Nicklas, T., Tuckett, C. & Verheyden, J. (eds.). p. 39-53

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  2. Pax romana, Ilmestyskirja ja kansojen kohtalot [Pax Romana, Book of Revelation and Fate of the Nations]

    Dunderberg, I. O. 2016 Sota, rauha ja Raamattu [War, Peace and the Bible]. Huttunen, N. & Nikki, N. (eds.). Helsinki: Finnish Exegetical Society, Vol. 112, p. 171-188 18 p. (Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society; vol. 112)

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  3. Sin, Sinlessness and the Limits of a Therapeutic Community in 1 John

    Dunderberg, I. O. 2016 Erzählung und Briefe im johanneischen Kreis: Überlieferungs- und gattungsgeschichtliche Studien zum Corpus Iohanneum. Poplutz, U. & Frey, J. (eds.). Mohr Siebeck, p. 227-239 21 p. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe; vol. 420)

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

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Latest activities

  1. Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies (Journal)

    Dunderberg, I. (Reviewer)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

  2. Julkistamistilaisuus: Mikko Heikka, Kapitalismi, kristinuskon musta joutsen

    Dunderberg, I. (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
    16 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  3. 71st General Meeting of the SNTS

    Dunderberg, I. (Speaker: Presenter)
    2 Aug 20165 Aug 2016

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

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