Outi Lehtipuu


Further information on the affiliationYliopistonlehtori / Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Vitae

Outi Lehtipuu works as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Helsinki. Previously (2012–2017) she held a research position as Academy Research Fellow at the same university. She is a team leader at the Centre of Excellence Reason and Religious Recognition, funded by the Academy of Finland. Currently, she serves as President of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS, 2018–2021). She belongs to the board of the doctoral programme Gender, Culture, and Society at the University of Helsinki, to the executive group of the Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Theology, to the steering committee of the Nordic Network for the Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the First Millennium, and she served as the Chair of the local organizing committee of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature held jointly with the Annual Conference of EABS at the University of Helsinki in August 2018.   

Lehtipuu has published widely in the fields of New Testament studies and Early Christianity. In her work, she emphasizes the diversity of the early Christian movement and its embeddedness in the wider Late Ancient world. Her first book, based on her dissertation and entitled The Afterlife Imagery in Luke’s Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Brill, 2005) examines ancient representations of the afterlife. Her second book, Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian Identity (OUP, 2015) focuses on competing readings of key biblical passages that were used in early Christian discourses on the resurrection of the dead. She is editor of several collections of essays on a variety of topics, including ancient anthropology, early Jewish and Christian responses to the Roman Empire, women and knowledge in ancient Christianity, and female figures in ancient Christian apocryphal texts (as part of the multilingual project The Bible and Women: An Encyclopaedia of Exegesis and Cultural History).

Lehtipuu’s current research addresses questions pertaining to the use of biblical texts in multiple contexts. She is particularly interested in the reciprocal relations between texts and their early readers: how, on the one hand, authoritative texts are invoked and interpreted to transfer their authority to their users, and, on the other hand, how the use of these texts enhance the authority of the texts.

Highlighted publications

  1. Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian Identity

    Lehtipuu, O., 2015, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  2. Women and Knowledge in Early Christianity

    Tervahauta, U. (ed.), Miroshnikov, I. (ed.), Lehtipuu, O-I. E. (ed.) & Dunderberg, I. O. (ed.), 2017, Leiden: Brill . 379 p. (Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae; vol. 144)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  3. Apostolic Authority and Women in Second-Century Christianity

    Lehtipuu, O-I. E., 2018, Receptions of Paul in Early Christianity: The Person of Paul and His Writings through the Eyes of His Early Interpreters. Schröter, J., Butticaz, S. & Dettwiler, A. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 607-622 16 p. (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft; vol. 234).

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

  4. Scriptures in Early Christianity

    Lehtipuu, O-I. E. & Weissenberg von, H. M., 2017, The Early Christian World, second edition. Esler, P. (ed.). 2. ed. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 483–500 18 p.

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

  5. To Remarry or Not to Remarry? 1 Timothy 5:14 in early Christian ascetic discourse

    Lehtipuu, O-I. E., 2017, In : Studia Theologica. 71, 1, p. 29-50 22 p.

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Highlighted activities

  1. Hello from the Other Side: Women and Resurrection in the Apocryphal Acts

    Outi Lehtipuu (Speaker)
    18 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Belief in the Resurrection of the Flesh as Counter-Narrative?

    Outi Lehtipuu (Speaker)
    30 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Resurrection, Politics, and Identity

    Outi Lehtipuu (Speaker)
    8 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  4. SBL International Meeting / EABS Annual Conference 2018

    Outi Lehtipuu (Attendee)
    31 Jul 20183 Aug 2018

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

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