Jesper Høgenhaven

Jesper Høgenhaven


Jesper Høgenhaven is active in research and teaching within Old Testament studies.


Major research areas

1) Old Testament theology and hermeneutics, relationship between Old and New Testament, the reception history of the Old Testament, and the relevance and meaning of Old Testament texts in contemporary Christian contexts

2)The Dead Sea Scrolls fromQumran, biblical and non-biblical texts, and their significance for the development of ancient Judaism, and for the formation of the biblical canon


Current research project

Space and Place in the Copper Scroll fromQumran(3Q15)

This well-preserved manuscript from Qumran Cave 3 presents itself as a list of hidden treasures, with explicit references to a considerable number of geographical names related to ancientPalestine. Many of these localities are known from biblical and other ancient sources. The Copper Scroll should be concieved and interpreted both as a literary text and as an archaelogical artefact. Viewed from eiehr perspective, the Copper Scroll is a medium for organizing, preserving and transmitting memories associated with places. The scroll represents a "mapping" of a particular landscape (partly with biblical connotations) as sacred space. The project intends to show how such an interpretation of the manuscript is able to move beyond previous scholarly debates e.g. pertaining to the historicity of the treasures and places described in the text.


Selected publications:



Problems and Prospects of Old Testament Theology (The Biblical Seminary 6), Sheffield:Sheffield Academic Press 1988.

Gott und Volk bei Jesaja. Eine Untersuchung zur biblischen Theologie (Acta Theologica Danica 24), Leiden: Brill 1988

Den gamle pagt. En introduktion til den nyere debat om pagten i det Gamle Testamente (Tekst og Tolkning 8), København 1990

Anden til Femte Mosebog fortolket (Det Danske Bibelselskabs kommentarserie), København: Det Danske Bibelselskab 1995


Recent articles

“The Opening of the Psalter - A Study in Jewish Theology”, Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 2001; vol. 15, p. 169-180

“Rhetorical Devices in 4QMMT”, Dead Sea Discoveries, 2003; vol. 10, nr. 2, p. 187-204

Fortællinger fra det persiske hof (4Q550). En Qumran-udgave af Ester-historien? Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift 2004; vol. 67, p. 15-34

“Physiognomy and Eschatology: Some More Fragments of 4Q561” (with Søren Holst), Journal of Jewish Studies, 2006; vol. LVII, nr. 1,Oxford: p. 26-43

“The Literary Character of 4QTanhumim”, Dead Sea Discoveries, 2007; vol. 14, nr. 1, p. 99-123

“Esajas-kommentarene fra Qumran: Struktur, gerne og terminologi, Dansk teologisk Tidsskrift 2007; vol. 70, nr. 1, p. 64-82

 “Geography and Ideology in the Copper Scroll (3Q15) from Qumran”. In: Northern Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Proceedings of the Nordic Qumran Network 2003-2005 (ed. Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Torleif Elgvin et al.), Studies on the Texts from theDesert ofJudah 80, Leiden-Boston: Brill 2009, p. 83-106

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