Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

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I work with philological material from the Ancient Near East, including texts in Hebrew, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Hittite, and Luwian. I have written articles on the Hebrew tense system, Northwest Semitic historical phonology and ancient Gnostic and Gnosticizing literature in its relation to motifs from the OT world. Recently, I have been working on early Indo-European (especially Anatolian) motifs in the world of the OT, which has led to the publication of my monograph "Unburning Fame: Horses, Dragons, Beings of Smoke, and Other Indo-European Motifs in Ugarit and the Hebrew Bible" (2017), as well as on a project on what philology and exegetics can teach us about communcating into the future about nuclear waste management.

In 2017, I was selected to be Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, a multi-year position including research stays at SCAS and abroad.

Research

About the research

My dissertation ("Drought, Death and the Sun in Ugarit and Ancient Israel") concentrated on the link between ancient Ugaritic religion and language and the Hebrew linguistic and religious culture expressed in the Old Testament. I primarily work with philological material from the Ancient Near East, including texts in Hebrew, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Hittite and Luwian. I have also written about subjects as the classical Hebrew tense system in the light of comparative language typology. Other research interests include ancient Gnostic and Gnosticizing literature, especially its relation to historical motifs from the OT world. I have published annotated translations from Ugaritic and Akkadian, and also popular works on comparative linguistics. I have done work on early Indo-European motifs in the world of the OT, Northwest Semitic histocial phonology, as well as on a project on what philology and exegetics can teach us about communcating into the future about nuclear waste management.

Publications

Books (10)
Articles (14)
Book chapters (7)
Conference contributions (5)
Reviews (5)
Newspaper articles (3)

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Teaching

Ola Wikander

Senior Lecturer
Biblical Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Contact information

E-mail ola.wikanderctr.luse

Phone +46 46 222 43 34

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

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