Anneli Aejmelaeus, Prof.

A. Aejmelaeus

Contact Information

  • Faculty of Theology P.O. Box 33 (Aleksanterinkatu 7)
    FI-00014 University of Helsinki
  • tel. +358-(0)9-191 24003
  • anneli.aejmelaeus at


Permanent positions

  • Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Literature, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2009–
  • Professor of Old Testament and Septuagint Research (Altes Testament mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Septuaginta-Forschung), Faculty of Theology, University of Göttingen, 1991–2009
  • Lecturer of Exegetics, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1986–1992

Research appointments and grants

  • Research project on “Textual Criticism of the Septuagint”, financed by the Academy of Finland, 2004–2006 and 2009–2012
  • Fellowship of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 2002–2006
  • Research project on “Translation and Interpretation in the Greek Psalter”, financed by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 1997–1999 and 2001–2003
  • Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, University of Göttingen, 1983–1984
  • Research appointments by the Academy of Finland: Research Assistant 1981–1983, Junior Researcher 1984–1986, and Senior Researcher 1987–1990

Other assignments and memberships

  • Grinfield Lectureship at the University of Oxford, 2008– 2010
  • Director of the "Septuaginta-Unternehmen", Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, 1993– 2000
  • Membership of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (Academia Scientiarum Fennica) 1992–


  • Docent of Old Testament Exegesis, University of Helsinki, 1983
  • Doctor of Theology, University of Helsinki, 1982, Dissertation: Parataxis in the Septuagint. A Study of the Renderings of the Hebrew Coordinate Clauses in the Greek Pentateuch. AASF B Diss 31. Helsinki 1982.

Publications on the Books of Samuel

  • Anneli Aejmelaeus, “Corruption or Correction? Textual Development in the MT of 1 Samuel 1”. Textual Criticism and Dead Sea Scrolls Studies in Honour of Julio Trebolle Barrera – Florilegium Complutense, Eds. P. A. Torijano Morales & A. Piquer Otero. JSJSup 157. Leiden: Brill 2012, 1–17.
  • Anneli Aejmelaeus, “How to Reach the Old Greek in 1 Samuel and What to Do with It”. Congress Volume Helsinki 2010, Ed. M. Nissinen, VTSup 148. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2012, 185–205.
  • Anneli Aejmelaeus, “What Rahlfs Could not Know: 1 Sam 14,4–5 in the Old Greek”. After Qumran: Old and Modern Editions of the Biblical Texts – The Historical Books, Eds. H. Ausloos, B. Lemmelijn & J. Trebolle Barrera. BETL 246. Leuven: Peeters 2012, 81–93.
  • Anneli Aejmelaeus, “David’s Three Choices: Textual and Literary Development in 2 Samuel 24”. Changes in Scripture: Rewriting and Interpreting Authoritative Traditions in the Second Temple Period, Eds. H. von Weissenberg, J. Pakkala & M. Marttila. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 419. Berlin: de Gruyter 2011, 137–151.
  • Anneli Aejmelaeus, “Der Prophet Gad und Davids dreifache Wahl”. Seitenblicke: Literarische und historische Studien zu Nebenfiguren im zweiten Samuelbuch, Eds. W. Dietrich. OBO 249. Fribourg: Academic Press / Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2011, 412–423.
  • Anneli Aejmelaeus, “Wisdom Meets Prophecy: The Theme of Boasting and Paul’s Quotation of Hannah’s Psalm”. Weisheit und Schöpfung, Festschrift für James Loader zum 65. Geburtstag, Eds. Stefan Fischer & Marianne Grohmann. Wiener Alttestamentliche Studien 7. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2010, 11–28.
  • ”Hannah’s Psalm in 4QSama”. Archaeology of the Books of Samuel, ed. Philippe Hugo and Adrian Schenker. VTSup 132. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2010, 23–37.
  • ”Hannah’s Psalm: Text, Composition, and Redaction”. Houses Full of All Good Things: Essays in Memory of Timo Veijola, ed. J. Pakkala and M. Nissinen. Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 95. Helsinki: The Finnish Exegetical Society / Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2008, 354–376.
  • ”A Kingdom at Stake: Reconstructing the Old Greek – Deconstructing the Textus Receptus”. Scripture in Transition: Essays on Septuagint, Hebrew Bible, and Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of Raija Sollamo, ed. A. Voitila and J. Jokiranta. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 126. Leiden: Brill 2008, 353–366.
  • ”Lost in Reconstruction? On Hebrew and Greek Reconstructions in 2 Sam 24”. BIOSCS 40 (2007), 89–106.
  • ”The Septuagint of 1 Samuel”. On the Trail of the Septuagint Translators: Collected Essays. Revised and Expanded Edition. Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology 50. Leuven 2007, 123–141. [First published in VIII Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Paris 1992, ed. L. Greenspoon & O. Munnich. Septuagint and Cognate Studies 41. Atlanta, GA 1995, 109–129.]
  • ”David’s Return to Ziklag: A Problem of Textual History in 1 Sam 30:1”. XII Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Leiden 2004, ed. M. Peters. Septuagint and Cognate Studies 54. 2006, 95–104.

Conference Papers and Oral Presentations on the Books of Samuel

  • ”Does God Regret? – 1 Samuel 15:29”. Paper given at a Symposium at Bergvik (organized by Dr. Juha Pakkala), 2010
  • ”Corruption or Correction? Textual Development in the MT of 1 Samuel 1”. Paper given at the SBL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, 2009.
  • ”The Prophet Gad and the Three Choices”. Seitenblicke: Nebenfiguren im zweiten Samuelbuch, Symposium in Bern (organized by Prof. Walter Dietrich), 2009.
  • ”Hannah’s Psalm in the Septuagint: A Theological Perspective”. Paper given at Septuaginta och Nya Testamentet: Symposium i Göteborg (organized by Dr. Georg Walser), 2006.
  • The Grinfield Lectures 2009–2010:
    • ”From Oral Translation to Textual Transmission” (Febr. 17–26, 2009): 1) ”Once More: The Origins of the Septuagint”; 2) ”Text-History of the Septuagint and the Hebrew Text in the Books of Samuel”; 3) ”Towards a Critical Edition of the Septuagint of 1 Samuel”.
    • ”From Textual Transmission to Critical Edition of the Septuagint of 1 Samuel” (Febr. 18–March 4, 2010): 1) ”Collation of Evidence”; 2) ”Recensional Developments”; 3) ”Problems of the Critical Text”.