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OTSEM is a network of Old Testament scholars connected to PhD programs in a number of Northern European university institutions (see below). The object of the network is to improve the environment for Hebrew Bible / Old Testament research, especially doctoral and post doctoral research, by inspiring contact and cooperation between members and departments throughout the network. We usually meet once a year for our Annual Meeting in which younger scholars present their work and receive feedback.

Institutions currently represented in the network

Finland: University of Helsinki; Åbo Akademi University;
Estonia: Tartu University, Estonia, associated through Helsinki;
Sweden: Uppsala University; Lund University;
Germany: Georg-August-Universität, GöttingenUniversität Hamburg;
Denmark: University of Copenhagen; University of Aarhus;
Norway: University of Oslo; MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo;
The School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger;
Great Britain: University of Oxford; King´s College London;
University of Edinburgh;
Iceland: Iceland University, Reykjavik.

As a network we have gone through several phases of co-operation and growth. In the “pre-OTSEM” period before 2004 there were some ten years of bilateral and trilateral cooperations. During the OTSEM-1 period, 2004 – 2008 funded by the research council of the Nordic Ministry, the network grew and in the end included scholars at eleven university institutions. In the present OTSEM-2 phase, the network keeps growing.

Network Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Corinna Körting
Professor for Old Testament and Ancient Oriental
History of Religions
FB Evangelische Theologie
Universität Hamburg
Sedanstraße 19
D-20146 Hamburg
Phone: +49-4042838-3787 or -3788

Local Contacts / Coordinating Committee

Prof. Else Kragelund Holt, Aarhus
Prof. Antti Laato
, Åbo
Prof. Anne Katrine de Hemmer-Gudme
, Copenhagen
Dr. Anja Klein, Edinburgh
Prof. Reinhard G. Kratz, Göttingen
Prof. Corinna Körting, Hamburg
Prof. Martti Nissinen, Helsinki
Prof. Paul Joyce, London
Prof. Fredrik Lindström, Lund
Prof. Terje Stordalen, Oslo
Prof. Kristin Joachimsen, Oslo (MF)
Dr. Megan Daffern, Oxford
Anna Khanina, Oxford
Prof. Gunnlaugur Jónsson, Reykjavík
Prof. Knut Holter, Stavanger
ASS Prof. Urmas Nommik, Tartu
Prof. Göran Eidevall, Uppsala