Honorary Member: Professor Martti Nissinen

Professor Martti Nissinen

Professor of Old Testament Studies, University of Helsinki


Professor Nissinen worked first as Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Helsinki from 1985-94, serving also  as translator of the Finnish Bible Translation Commission.  Between 1994-2002 he was a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland,  and from 2002-07, Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East, University of Helsinki. From 2007 he has been Professor of Old Testament Studies at Helsinki. From 2014-19 he was leader of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence ‘Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions’ (www.cstt.fi) and has served as the President of the Foundation for the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (2010–21). He is member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.  A more recent project has involved the submission  of  several articles on Akkadian love literature and the Song of Songs; this is part of an ongoing research project entitled  ‘Desire, Agency, and Gender in Ancient Near Eastern Love Poetry’.

Email:  martti.nissinen@helsinki.fi

Website: https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/martti-nissinen

Select Publications

Nissinen, M., Ancient Prophecy: Near Eastern, Biblical, and Greek Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Nissinen, M.,  Prophetic Divination: Essays in Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy (BZAW 494;  Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019).

Nissinen, M.,  Seow, C.-L., Ritner, R.K., and Melchert, H.C. (eds.), Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East (SBLWAW 41;  Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019).

Nissinen, M., ‘Magic in the Hebrew Bible’, in K. Valkama and N. Nikki (eds.), Magic in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean (Mundus Orientis 3;  Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021: 47–67).

Nissinen, M. ‘The Agency of Female Prophets in the Bible: Independent or Instrumental? Prophetic or Political?’,  in K. Droß-Krüpe and S.Fink (eds.), Powerful Women in the Ancient World: Perception and (Self-)Presentation. Proceedings of the 8th Melammu Workshop, Kassel, 30 January – 1 February 2019 (Melammu Workshops and Monographs 4; Münster: Zaphon Verlag, 2021: 161–184).

Nissinen, M., ‘Non-Male Prophets in Ancient Near Eastern Sources’, in I. Fischer  and J.  Claassens (eds.), Prophecy and Gender in the Hebrew Bible (The Bible and Women 1.2;  Atlanta: SBL Press, 2021: 75–109).

Nissinen, M.,  ‘Textual Plurality and Changing Contexts: Concluding Reflections’  in R. Hakola, J. Orpana, and P. Huotari (eds.), Scriptures in the Making: Texts and Their Transmission on Late Second Temple Judaism  (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology 109; Leuven: Peeters, 2022: 369–87).

Nissinen, M., ‘Peace and Peacemaking in the Hebrew Bible’, in G. B. Lanfranchi, S. Ponchia, and R. Rollinger (eds.), Making Peace in the Ancient World: Proceedings of the 7th Melammu Workshop, Padova, 5–7 November 2018 (Melammu Workshops and Monographs 5; Münster: Zaphon Verlag, 2022:201–217).