Terje Stordalen

Professor - Fagseksjonen
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Phone +47 22850366
Mobile phone +47 90593212 90593212
Room M109
Visiting address Domus theologica Blindernveien 9 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Research Profile

As a scholar of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament I received a classical, historical-critical education, including language studies in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Akkadian, and Ugaritic. From the 1990's onwards I studied literary and hermeneutical approaches to biblical literature, and later also comparative cultural studies and memory studies. As the first leader of the UiO network Religion in Pluralistic Societies (2008–2010), I became engaged in cross-disciplinary scholarship, an interest that has followed me later. Lately I have  focused on the use of social sciences in the study of texts and cultures from the deep past, including the study of material religion. These cross-disciplinary interestes continue as I am heading the national PhD school for candidates in religion, theology, and law studies: Authoritative Texts and Their Reception (2020 – 2023). During the period 2016 – 2020 I had a position as visiting professor at the Nordic Centre for the Study of Family Law, Practices and Policies, Institute of Law, Aalborg University, Denmark. In this context I still keep participating as a text scholar and as a cultural historiann with social scientific perspectives.

For the time being these are my primary thematic focal points:

  • Canonicity and canonization in comparative and social scientific perspectives.
  • The importance of the local level (villages, small towns, rural communities) in ancient Levantine socieites and cultures – and the role that this insight could have in the interpretation of ancient texts that usually emerge from more elite circles.
  • Ancient Hebrew and West-Asian wisdom literature, with a focus on the biblical Book of Job.
  • Aestheetic perspectives on religion, with a particular interest for so-called aniconism and logocentrism in monotheistic religions.
  • The concept of family – in the tensions between state family legislation and ideology, cultural and historical influences, and the actual performance of family life in present society.


Tags: Hebrew Bible Studies/Old Testament, Wisdom literature, Canon, Hebrew, Antique religion and Culture, Comparative religious studies
Published Feb. 3, 2010 3:56 PM - Last modified Jan. 14, 2021 8:07 PM