Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am a historian of Comparative Religion. My research focuses on the religious scene of the late ancient world, with focus on Early Christianity, especially the Nag Hammadi texts and the Valentinian material. Im am also interested in the reception of Gnosticism in 1800-1900 Europe.
I teach courses mainly on ancient religions and modern paganism.


About the research

My dissertation explored the ethics of the Nag Hammadi-text The Tripartite Tractate. This extremely detailed early Christian text, the fifth tractate in Codex I, has received unduly little attention. By investigating the ethics of The Tripartite Tractate, the study not only illuminated the previously unstudied aspect of early Christian determinism, but also explores the ethical outlook of the most detailed Valentinian treaty extant today. Early Christian determinism has been presented as “Gnostic”, and then not taken seriously, or been disregarded as an invention of ancient intra-Christian polemics. The present study challenges this conception and presents insights into how early Christian determinism actually worked and effectively sustained viable and functioning ethics.


I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher. The project investigates the reception of the Gnostic text Pistis Sophia in Europe's 1800-1900-century esoteric and theological milieus.


Books (3)
Articles (8)
Book chapters (4)
Reviews (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (8)

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Paul Linjamaa

History of Religions and Religious Behavioural Science
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

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