Risto Uro

Person

    Research areas

  • 614 Theology - New Testament Studies, New Testament Apocrypha, Ritual Studies, the Cognitive Science of Religion
Further information on the affiliationUuden testamentin eksegetiikan yliopistonlehtori / University Lecturer in New Testament Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Risto Uro is University Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University Helsinki, Faculty of Theology, and a life member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge.

Uro’s research interests include the study of the Synoptic Gospels, Nag Hammadi and New Testament Apocrypha, the social world of the New Testament, and the methodology of the New Testament and Early Christian Studies. His current work focuses on applying ritual theory and cognitive science approaches to early Christianity.

Uro is the author of Ritual and Christian Beginnings: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Thomas: Seeking the Historical Context of the Gospel of Thomas (T & T Clark, 2003) as well as the co-editor of several edited volumes, such as Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies (Acumen, 2013), Sacred Marriages: The Divine-Human Sexual Metaphor from Sumer to Early Christianity (Eisenbrauns, 2008 ), and Explaining Christian Origins: Contributions from Cognitive and Social Science (Brill, 2007).

Uro is currently leading a Nordic research project on “Ritual and the Emergence of Early Christian Religion” (link: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ritual-earlychristianity/), funded by the Academy of Finland for the period of 2013–17. He is also the first editor of the Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual, 2018 (projected). 

Highlighted publications

  1. Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity: Why It Is Helpful – and How?

    Uro, R., Sep 2017, In : New Testament Studies. 63, 4, p. 516-533 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Ritual and Christian Beginnings: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis

    Uro, R. I., Apr 2016, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 240 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  3. Jeesus parantajana: Rituaalitutkimuksen näkökulma

    Uro, R., 2016, Raamattu ja magia. Valkama, K., von Weissenberg, H. & Nikki, N. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen eksegeettinen seura, p. 220-237 (Suomen Eksegeettisen Seuran julkaisuja; vol. 110).

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

  4. Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies

    Uro, R. (ed.) & Czachesz, I. (ed.), 2013, Durham: Acumen. 320 p. (Bible World)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  5. The interface of ritual and writing in the transmission of early Christian traditions

    Uro, R., 2013, Mind, morality and magic: Cognitive science approaches in biblical studies. Czachesz, I. & Uro, R. (eds.). Durham: Acumen, p. 62-76 15 p. (BibleWorld).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  6. From corpse impurity to relic veneration: new light from cognitive and psychologial studies

    Uro, R., 2013, Mind, morality and magic: Cognitive science approaches in biblical studies. Czachesz, I. & Uro, R. (eds.). Durham: Acumen, p. 180-196 17 p. (BibleWorld).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  7. The cognitive science of religion: A new alternative in biblical studies

    Uro, R. & Czachesz, I., 2013, Mind, morality and magic: Cognitive science approaches in biblical studies. Acumen, p. 1-14

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  8. Insights from Cognitive and Ritual Studies: A Response to Kaler's and Tite's Papers on Religious Experience in Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism

    Uro, R., Feb 2013, In : Bulletin for the Study of Religion. 42, 1, p. 22-28 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  9. Cognitive and Evolutionary Approaches to Ancient Rituals: Reflections on Recent Theories and Their Relevance for the Historian of Religion

    Uro, R., 2011, Mystery and Secrecy in the Nag Hammadi Collection and Other Ancient Literature: Ideas and Practices. Turner, J. D., Bull, C. H. & Lied, L. I. (eds.). Brill , p. 487-510 (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies; vol. 76).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  10. Ritual, Memory, and Writing in Early Christianity

    Uro, R., 2011, In : Temenos : studies in comparative religion presented by scholars in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. 47, 2, p. 159-182 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  11. Towards a Cognitive History of Early Christian Rituals

    Uro, R., 2011, Changing Minds: Religion and Cognition through Ages. Czachesz, I. & Bíró, T. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, p. 223-235 (Groningen Studies in Cultural Change; no. 42).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  12. Ritual and Christian Origins

    Uro, R., 2010, Understanding the Social World of the New Testament. Neufeld, D. & DeMaris, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 220-232

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  13. The Bridal Chamber and Other Mysteries: Ritual System and Ritual Transmission in the Valentinian Movement

    Uro, R., 2008, Sacred Marriages: The Divine-Human Sexual Metaphor from Sumer to Early Christianity. Winona lake: Eisenbrauns, p. 457-486

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  14. Explaining Christian Origins and Early Judaism: Contributions from Cognitive and Social Science

    Luomanen, P. (ed.), Pyysiäinen, I. (ed.) & Uro, R. (ed.), 2007, Leiden: Brill . 327 p. (Biblical interpretation series; no. v. 89)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  15. Introduction: social and cognitive perspectives in the study of Christian origins and early Judaism

    Luomanen, P., Pyysiäinen, I. & Uro, R., 2007, Explaining Christian origins and early Judaism. Leiden: Brill , p. 1-33 33 p. (Biblical interpretation series; vol. 89).

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

  16. Gnostic rituals from a cognitive perspective

    Uro, R., 2007, Explaining Christian origins and early Judaism. Leiden: Brill , p. 115-137 23 p. (Biblical interpretation series; vol. 89).

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

  17. Thomasine traditions in antiquity: the social and cultural world of the Gospel of Thomas

    Asgeirsson, J. M. (ed.), DeConick, A. D. (ed.) & Uro, R. (ed.), 2006, Leiden: Brill . 307 p. (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies; no. 59)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  18. The social world of the Gospel of Thomas

    Uro, R., 2006, Thomasine traditions in antiquity: The Social and Cultural World of the Gospel of Thomas. Leiden: Brill , p. 19-38 20 p. (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean studies; vol. 59).

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

  19. Thomas: Seeking the Historical Context of the Gospel of Thomas

    Uro, R., 2003, London: T & T Clark.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Cognitive Science in the Study of Early Christianity: How It Is Helpful -- and Why?

    Risto Uro (Speaker)
    4 Aug 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

    Risto Uro (Speaker: Presenter)
    23 Nov 201326 Nov 2013

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

  3. Body, Brain, Behaviour: Socio-Cognitive Perspectives on Early Judaism and Early Christianity: A Nordic Network

    Risto Uro (Speaker: Presenter)
    16 May 201318 May 2013

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

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Latest projects

  1. Ritual and the Emergence of Early Christian Religion: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis

    Uro, R., Roitto, R., Gudme, A. K., Kase, V., de Hemmer Gudme, A. & Nikki, N.

    SUOMEN AKATEMIA

    01/09/201331/08/2017

    Project: Research project

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