Jorunn Økland

Dr. Jorunn Økland

Professor, University of Oslo, Center for Gender Research
Director, Norwegian Institute at Athens (from 1 January 2016)


  • Ancient Mediterranean material culture
  • Gender, ancient religion and canonised texts
  • Paul of Tarsus and the emergence of Christianity
  • Feminist critique of religion
  • Reception history
  • Theory (epistemology, gender equality, space, etc)



  • 2016- present Director, Norwegian Institute at Athens
  • 2007-present Professor of interdisciplinary Gender Studies in the Humanities/Centre for Gender Research/University of Oslo/Norway (on leave)
  • 2012- present Founding co-editor, Journal of The Bible and its Reception (de Gruyter)
  • 2015- present Translator and member of Translation Committee, Norwegian Bible Society


  • Director for Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo, From 01.01.2010–31.12.2013
  • Researcher, Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, 2006-2007:
  • Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the New Testament, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, UK, 2000-2008:
  • Norwegian  Research Council-Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, 1994-2000:
  • Lecturer, teacher, research fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, 1992-1994:
  • Research Assistant, Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo, 1989-1992


  • Amadou, Christine & Økland, Jorunn (ed.) (2019). From Akershus to Acropolis: Norwegian Travelers to Greece. The Norwegian Institute at Athens.
  • Økland, Jorunn; de Vos, Cornelis & Wenell, Karen (ed.) (2016). Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred. T&T Clark/Bloomsbury.
  • Økland, Jorunn (ed.) (2015). Hegemonic Masculinities in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Traditions (Special Issue of Biblical Interpretation). Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Økland, Jorunn; Smit, Peter-Ben; van Klinken, Adriaan & Creanga, Ovidiu (ed.) (2015). Special Issue: Making Men: The Reception of the Bible in the Construction of Masculinities in Jewish and Christian Con/Texts (Special Issue of Journal of the Bible and its Reception). Walter de Gruyter.
  • Fischer, Irmtraud; Navarro Puerto, Mercedes & Økland, Jorunn (2010). Tora. W. Kohlhammer GmbH.
  • Økland, Jorunn (ed.) (2010). Paulus’ Brev.  Bokklubbens kulturbibliotek.
  • Seim, Turid Karlsen & Økland, Jorunn (ed.) (2009). Metamorphoses: Resurrection, Body and Transformative Practices in Early Christianity. Walter de Gruyter.
  • Økland, Jorunn & Lyons, William John (ed.) (2009). The Way the world Ends? The Apocalypse of John in Culture and Ideology. Sheffield Phoenix Press.
  • Økland, Jorunn & Boer, Roland (ed.) (2008). Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible. Sheffield Phoenix Press.
  • 2004 Women in their Place: Paul and the Corinthian Discourse of Gender and Sanctuary Space (JSNTSup; London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury).


  • Økland, Jorunn (2019). Athens Akropolis: Et seismogram for kulturell endring. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.   31(1-2), s 2- 15
  • Økland, Jorunn (2019). Chapter 17: Pauline Letters, In Benjamin H. Dunning (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of New Testament, Gender, and Sexuality.  Oxford University
  • Økland, Jorunn (2018). Odysseer. Om båtflyktninger, fremmedkrigere og dem reisen forvandler til det ugjenkjennelige. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon.   35-36(4-1), s 33- 51
  • Økland, Jorunn (2018). The Power of Canonised Motifs: The Chance for Biblical Studies in a Secular, Canonically Illiterate World?, In Tat-Siong Benny Liew (ed.),  Present and Future of Biblical Studies: Celebrating Twenty-five Years of Brill’s Biblical Interpretation.  Brill Academic Publishers.  s 216 – 239
  • Økland, Jorunn (2016). Ancient Drinking in Modern Bible Translation, In Alan H. Cadwallader (ed.),  Stones, Bones, and the Sacred: Essays on Material Culture and Ancient Religion in Honor of Dennis E. Smith.  Society of Biblical Literature Press.  Kapittel 6.  s 85 – 100
  • Økland, Jorunn (2016). Carnelian and Caryatids: Stone and Statuary in the Heavenly Sanctuary, In Jorunn Økland; Cornelis de Vos & Karen Wenell (ed.),  Constructions of Space III: Biblical Spatiality and the Sacred.  T&T Clark.   Chapter 12.  s 184 – 214
  • Økland, Jorunn (2010). Ceres, Κορη, and Cultural Complexity: Divine Personality Definitions and Human Worshippers in Roman Corinth, In Steven J. Friesen; Daniel N. Showalter & James Walters (ed.),  Corinth in Context: Comparative Studies on Religion and Society.  Brill Academic PublishersVII.  s 199 – 229