Linda Kristina Joelsson

Postdoctoral Fellow - Fagseksjonen
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Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

Noting that religion can be both healthy and harmful, while psychology might both enlighten and distort, I am interested in the interplay between these two disciplines. In recent years, I have become more and more interested in resilience, which is also the theme of my current project: Social systems in increasing levels of diversity as a resource for survival and flourishment.


My doctoral thesis developed the field of psychological hermeneutics in Biblical studies as I investigated Paul’s attitude to death and dying from the perspective of psychological coping (Routledge, 2017 and 2019). Through the chronological sequence of 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1-2 Corinthians, Romans, Philemon and Philippians, Paul’s attitude changes from denial to reaction, to processing, to acceptance, and his strategies also shift in accordance with these understandings.

In ”Exorcisms as Liberation” the concept of demon possession in Luke is investigated from the perspective of social systems theory and psychological trauma (Studia Theologica 74:2, 2020). This article is one of my personal favourites, since it has the capacity to promote respect for people suffering from mentally illness.

In “Mental Cascades of Σάρξ and Flesh,” the interpretation of the Greek term sarx in the New Testament is investigated from the cognitive psychological perspective of George Lakoff and Elisabeth Wehling, namely Mental Cascades (Studia Theologica 72:2, 2018).



Positions held

  • University Lecturer at Umeå University, Sweden; New Testament studies (2019)
  • Theologian at Botkyrka församling, Church of Sweden (2018)
  • Theological Secretary of the Uniting Church of Sweden (2017)
  • University Lecturer at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University, Stockholm; Religious education, New Testament theology, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religion and Health (2015–2016)
Tags: New Testament Studies, Pauline Studies, Hermeneutics, Early Christianity, Democracy and Theology, Religion the body and sexuality, Greek
Published Aug. 31, 2020 3:09 PM - Last modified Oct. 29, 2020 3:34 PM