The Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions examines how momentous cultural changes in the Middle East have influenced the creation and evolution of canonical sacred texts – and vice versa. The changes are studied at various levels.
“The changes range from minuscule differences in texts, manuscripts and translations to massive social, political, religious and demographic changes that have rocked entire nations,” explains Martti Nissinen, director of the Centre of Excellence.
The Centre’s researchers approach their subject from different perspectives, but also learn from one another and strive to bridge differences between viewpoints. The goal is to construct a historical overview using sources unearthed from archaeological digs, archives and museums. Using diverse research methodology and source material, the Centre of Excellence seeks to attain novel, innovative results.
The director of the Centre of Excellence is Martti Nissinen, Professor of Old Testament Studies.