Altogether 46 essays in honour of Professor Raija Sollamo contribute to explore various aspects of the rich textual material around the turn of the era. At that time Scripture was not yet fixed; various writings and collections of writings were considered authoritative but their form was more or less in transition. The appearance of the first biblical translations are part of this transitional process. The Septuagint in particular provides us evidence and concrete examples of those textual traditions and interpretations that were in use in various communities. Furthermore, several biblical concepts, themes and writings were reinterpreted and actualised in the Dead Sea Scrolls, illuminating the transitions that took place in one faction of Judaism. The topics of the contributions are divided into five parts: Translation and Interpretation; Textual History; Hebrew and Greek Linguistics; Dead Sea Scrolls; Present-Day.
Jutta Jokiranta, Th.D. (2006) in Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, is a Research Fellow in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Her dissertation was titled
Identity on a Continuum: Expressing and Constructing Sectarian Social Identity in the Qumran serakhim and Pesharim (Ph.Diss. Unversity of Helsinki, 2005), and she has published articles on sectarianism and social identity in the Qumran movement.
Anssi Voitila, Th.D. (2001) in Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, Docent in Old Testament Studies in University of Joensuu, is a senior lecturer in biblical languages and studies in the University of Joensuu. His dissertation was titled
Présent et imparfait de l'indicatif dans le Pentateuque grec: une étude sur la syntaxe de traduction (Publication de la Société d'Exégèse de Finlande 79. Helsinki 2001). He has published articles on the language of the Septuagint.
'Insgesamt bietet die Festschrift einen interessanten Einblick in aktuelle Fragestellungen und sie vermittelt auch einen Eindruck von den internationalen Verbindungen wie auch vom lokalen Potential der finnischen Text- und insbesondere der Septuagintaforschung, bei der die Jubilarin eine bedeutende Rolle spielt. – Ad multos annos!'
SIEGFRIED KREUZER, Kirchliche Hochschule/Protestant University, Wuppertal/Bethel
All those interested in the Septuagint, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, translation technique, biblical interpretation, Hebrew and Greek linguistics, textual history of the Bible, hermeneutics, teaching ancient languages.