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Kåre Berge is a professor of Old Testament at NLA University College, Bergen, Norway. He has also been teaching at the universities of Aarhus and Oslo, and MF School of Theology. He is now co-chairing the research group The Core of Deuteronomy and Its World at EABS. His field of writing is especially the biblical books of Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy, with special focus on cultural memory, social power, postcolonial interpretation, and Torah piety. Earlier works focused on literary (source) criticism in the Pentateuch.

Jacques van Ruiten Ph.D. (1990), Catholic University Amsterdam, is Professor of the Reception History of the Bible at the University of Groningen. He has published extensively on the reception history of biblical texts, especially in early Judaism.

Magnar Kartveit has been professor of Old Testament at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, from 1994 to 2015, and at VID Specialized University in 2016. Emeritus from 2016 on. He has written several publications on Samaritans, among them The Origin of the Samaritans (Brill, 2009).

Lukas Bormann is professor of New Testament at the University of Marburg. His main expertise is in New Testament studies, the history of ancient religions, the reception history of the Bible as well as the history of New Testament research (19th and 20th century). Recent publications: (ed.), Abraham’s Family: A Network of Meaning, Tübingen 2018 (WUNT 415); Theologie des Neuen Testaments. Grundlinien und wichtigste Ergebnisse der internationalen Forschung, Göttingen 2017.

Guido Baltes is lecturer for New Testament studies at Phillips-University (Marburg) and MBS Bible seminary (Marburg). He studied Theology in Oberursel and Marburg from 1987 to 1994 and served as a minister of the Lutheran Church in different capacities from 1994 to 2003. From 2003 to 2009 he worked in Jerusalem to complete his PhD thesis on the Hebrew origins of the synoptic gospel tradition, which was accepted at the University of Dortmund in 2011.

Antti Laato is Professor in Old Testament exegetics with Judaic studies at Åbo Akademi University, Turku Finland. Since 2006, he has been leader in the international network Study for the Reception History of the Bible. Among his recent publications, are three monographs: Who Is the Servant of the Lord? Jewish and Christian Interpretations on Isaiah 53 from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (SRB 4, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2012); Guide to Biblical Chronology (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015); The Origin of the Israelite Zion Theology (LHBOTS 661; Bloomsbury T&T Clark & Bloomsbury, 2018). Recently he has edited the book on the spiritual meaning of Jerusalem: Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions (STCA 6; Leiden: Brill, 2019) as well as three volumes on the reception history of Adam and Eve together with Lotta Valve: Adam and Eve Story in the Hebrew Bible and in Ancient Jewish Writings Including the New Testament (SRB 7, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 2016); Adam and Eve Story in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Perspectives (SRB 8, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 2017); Life of Adam and Eve: Using Jewish Traditions and Confronting Gnostic Reversed Exegesis (SRB 9, Study for the Reception History of the Bible, Åbo Akademi University; distribution: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019).

Erkki Koskenniemi born 1956, PhD. Åbo Akademi University (1992), is Adjunct Professor in Biblical studies at the University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland and Åbo Akademi University. His publications include Der philostrateische Apollonios (1991), Apollonios von Tyana in der neutestamentlichen Exegese. Forschungsbericht und Weiterführung der Diskussion (1994), The Old Testament Miracle-Workers in Early Judaism (2005), The Exposure of Infants among Jews and Christians in Antiquity (2009) and Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus (2019).

Anni Maria Laato is adjunct professor in systematic theology at Åbo Akademi University, and docent in patristics (University of Helsinki) and dogmatics (Åbo Akademi University). She studied theology at Åbo Akademi University where she received her PhD in 1998, and classical philology at the University of Turku. She has published on patristic theology, ecumenics, and relations between Christians and Jews. She is currently the chair of Societas Patristica Fennica, and director of Polin Institute for theological research. Among her recent publications are: “Divided by a Common Ground. The Prophecy of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25:19–26) in Patristic Texts up to Augustine with respect to Modern Inter-Faith Dialogue”, in: Abrahams Family (Ed. Lukas Bormann) WUNT 415, 2018; “Tertullian and the Deacons” in: Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity (Eds. Bart J. Koet, Edwina Murphy, Esko Ryökäs) WUNT 2:479, 2018; “Adam and Eve Rewritten in Vergil’s Words: Cento of Proba” in: Adam and Eve Story in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Perspectives (Eds. Antti Laato, Lotta Valve), SRB 8, 2017.

J. Cornelis de Vos (PhD, Groningen 2002; Habilitation 2010) is extraordinary professor of New Testament and Ancient Judaism and acting professor of Old Testament at the University of Muenster.

Günter Stemberger born 1940, studied Catholic Theology and Judaism in Austria, England, France and Italy. Research Assistant at Duke University, Durham, USA. Since 1973 he taught Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, specializing in Rabbinic Literature and Jewish History in the pre-Islamic period. Emeritus since 2009.

Martin Tamcke has been professor for Ecumenical Theology in Göttingen since 1999. Among his recent studies are the following monographs Armin T. Wegner und die Armenier, 2. Ed. Hamburg 1996; Im Geist des Ostens leben. Frankfurt und Leipzig 2008; Tolstojs Religion, Berlin 2010; Christen in der islamischen Welt, Berlin 2012; “Erst das Leben muss des Lebens Wert zeigen”: Der Syro-Iraner Lazarus Jaure und die Deutschen, Berlin und Tübingen 2013; Das orthodoxe Christentum, 3. Ed. Munich 2017.

Serafim Seppälä PhD, is a professor in systematic theology and patristics at the University of Eastern Finland, specialised in Syriac, Greek and Arabic literatures of the Christian East. His research interests include the encounter of Islam and Christianity in the early Islamic era, Syriac mystical theology, Byzantine and Jewish angelology, Byzantine and Syriac liturgical commentaries, Early Christian and Byzantine Mariology and aesthetics. His modern research interests are related to the questions of post-holocaust theology, cultural heritages of the Armenian genocide, and the influences of Byzantine art and aesthetics in the Eastern European cinema.

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