Prof. Ismo DunderbergProfessor of New Testament Studies

    Research Profile

    Previous studies on 1) interrelationships between the New Testament gospels (dissertation on John and the Synoptics); 2) John and the Gospel of Thomas; 3) the Nag Hammadi Library and gnosticism, with focus on the school of Valentinus.

    Current areas of interest: Johannine epistles; the Gospel of Judas; early Christian ethics and ancient moral philosophy; early Christianity in the Greco-Roman society.

    Prof. Dunderberg supervises five doctoral theses (on gnosticism and the Book of Revelation) and is leader of the research group “Gnosticism and the Formation of Early Christianity” (2008-11), funded by the University of Helsinki and the Academy of Finland.

    Teaching Profile

    Has taught courses on New Testament and early Christianity at all levels since 1991. The topics include, e.g., New Testament theology; the Book of Revelation; Johannine literature; the Gospel of Thomas; persecutions of early Christians.

    Selected Publications

    Beyond Gnosticism: Myth, Lifestyle and Society in the School of Valentinus. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.

    The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?: Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

    Johannes und die Synoptiker: Studien zu Joh 1-9. Helsinki: Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 1994.

    ed. (with Christopher Tuckett and Kari Syreeni), Fair Play: Diversity and Conflicts in Early Christianity: Essays in Honour of Heikki Räisänen. NovTSup 103. Leiden: Brill, 2001.

    “The School of Valentinus.” Pages 64-99 in A Companion to Second-Century Christian “Heretics”. Eds. Antti Marjanen & Petri Luomanen. VigChrSup 76. Leiden: Brill, 2005.

    “Valentinian Teachers in Rome.” Pages 157-74 in Christians as a Religious Minority in a Multicultural City: Modes of Interaction and Identity Formation in Early Imperial Rome. Eds. Michael Labahn & Jürgen Zangenberg. JSNTSup 243. London: T & T Clark International, 2004.

    “Judas’ Anger and the Perfect Human.” Forthcoming in The Judas Codex: Proceedings of the International Congress on Codex Tchacos held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13-16, 2008. Ed. April D. DeConick. NHMS. Leiden: Brill.

    “Gnostic Interpretations of Genesis.” Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook to the Reception History of the Bible. Eds. Michael Lieb, Emma Mason, Jon Roberts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



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