Doct. Theol., University of Helsinki (1997).
Major: Hebrew Bible,
Minors: New Testament and Semitic Languages.
Doctoral thesis: “The Textual Development of the Qumran Community Rule” (published by E.J. Brill, 1997).
Included in doctoral program: Studies in Qumran and Judaica at the University of Göttingen 1992-95 and King’s College, University of London 1993.
- July 2005 – present: Associate Professor, Departments of Historical Studies and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto. Cross-appointed with the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. Associate faculty of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto.
- August 2005 – February 2006 (on leave): Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Albion College, Michigan.
- August 2000 – July 2005: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Albion College, Michigan.
- August 1999 – July 2000: Lecturer in Department of Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki.
- Dean’s Excellence Award, University of Toronto, June 2007, June 2011, and June 2013.
- New Teacher of the Year Award, Albion College, April 2001.
- Promising Woman Scholar Award, Konkordia Foundation, Finland, March 2000.
- Invited “Scholar in Residence,” Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, Trinity Western University, March 1998.
Administrative and Professional Appointments
- Member of the College Corporation of Massey College, University of Toronto, May 2011 – present.
- Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, April 2008 – present.
- Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries, 2011 – present.
- Member of the advisory board of Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten, 2007 – present.
- Member of the Steering Committee for the Orality, Textuality and the Formation of the Hebrew Bible section. Society of Biblical Literature, 2012-2014.
- Associate Chair, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2010-2013.
- Book Review Editor of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries, 2008-2011.
- Member of the Advisory Board for the 2010 Meeting of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT), 2008-2010.
- President of the Oriental Club of Toronto, 2010-2011.
- Vice President of the Oriental Club of Toronto, 2007-2008.
- Scholar in Residence, Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, Trinity Western University, March 1998.
Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, esp. legal traditions, community identity and development, and methodology of historical reconstruction
Books and Edited Volumes:
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Transmission of Traditions and Production of Texts, co-edited by S. Metso, H. Najman, and E. Schuller (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years after Their Discovery. Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the IOQS in Ljubljana, co-edited by D. Falk, S. Metso, D. Parry, and E. Tigchelaar (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
The Community of the Dead Sea Scrolls (= DSD 16.3 ), co-edited by S. Metso and H. Najman, a thematic issue for the journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Leiden: Brill, 2009).
The Serekh Texts (Companion to the Qumran Scrolls 9; Library of Second Temple Studies 62; London and New York: T&T Clark, 2007).
The Textual Development of the Qumran Community Rule (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 21; Leiden: Brill, 1997).
Ancient Manuscripts Edited:
“4QJoba and 4QJobb,” by Eugene Ulrich and Sarianna Metso, Qumran Cave 4, XI: Psalms to Chronicles (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XVI; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000), 171-180.
Articles and Book Chapters:
“The Burden of Proof: Challenges in Explaining the Redactional Evidence of the Treatise on the Two Spirits” in Insights into Editing (ed. Reinhard Müller, Juha Pakkala, and Bas ter Haar Romeny; Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology; Peeters; submitted and accepted).
“The Book of Leviticus in the Samaritan Pentateuch,” in The Textual History of the Bible, vol. 1 (ed. E. Tov et al.; Leiden: Brill, submitted and accepted).
“Challenging the Dichotomy between Halakhah and Community Legislation,” in Crossing Imaginary Boundaries: The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Second Temple Judaism (ed. Mika S. Pajunen and Hanna Tervanotko; Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 108; Helsinki: Finnish Exegetical Society, 2015), 61-70.
“The Character of Leviticus Traditions at Qumran,” in Studies in Honor of Anneli Aejmelaeus (ed. T.M. Law, M. Liljeström, and K. De Troyer; CBET 72; Leuven: Peeters, 2014), 645-658.
“Leviticus Outside the Legal Genre,” in A Teacher for All Generations (ed. Eric Mason et al.; 2 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2012), 1:379-388.
“Evidence from the Qumran Scrolls for the Scribal Transmission of Leviticus,” in Editing the Bible: Assessing the Task Past and Present (ed. J.S. Kloppenborg and J.H. Newman; Atlanta: SBL, 2012), 67-80. [Revised and updated version of the article published in 2008 under the same title.]
“Qumran Research in Nordic Countries,” in The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective: A History of Research (ed. D. Dimant; STDJ 99; Leiden: Brill, 2012), 611-619.
“When the Evidence Does Not Fit: Method, Theory, and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls: An Assessment of Old and New Approaches and Methods (ed. M. Grossman; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010), 11-25.
“Evidence from the Qumran Scrolls for the Scribal Transmission of Leviticus,” in Houses Full of All Good Things: Essays in Memory of Professor Timo Veijola (ed. J. Pakkala and M. Nissinen; Helsinki and Göttingen: Finnish Exegetical Society and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008), 507-519.
“Shifts in Covenantal Discourse in Second Temple Judaism,” in Scripture in Transition: Essays on Septuagint, Hebrew Bible, and Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of Raija Sollamo (ed. A. Voitila and J. Jokiranta; JSJSup 126; Leiden, Boston: Brill 2008), 497-512.
“Creating Community Halakhah,” in Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint: Presented to Eugene Ulrich (ed. Peter W. Flint, Emanuel Tov, and James C. VanderKam; Leiden, New York, Köln: Brill, 2005), 279-301.
“Whom Does the Term Yahad Identify?” in Biblical Traditions in Transmission: Essays in Honour of Michael A. Knibb (ed. C. Hempel and J. Lieu; JSJSup 111; Leiden: Brill, 2005), 213-235.
“Editing of Legal Material in Second Temple Judaism,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Ottawa, ON, May 2015.
“Editorial Attitudes Toward Legal Material in Samaritan and Qumran Traditions,” International Symposium, From Scribal Error to Rewriting: How (Sacred) Texts May and May Not Be Changed, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, April 2015. [Paper given with simultaneous translation into Georgian.]
“The Burden of Proof: Methods in Explaining the Redactional Evidence of the Serekh ha-Yahad,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 2014.
“Tendencies in the Reception of the Book of Leviticus in Second Temple Literature,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Vienna, July 2014.
“Editorial Attitudes Toward Legal Material in Samaritan and Qumran Traditions,” International Conference: Samarians-Samaritans in Translation, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2014.
“The Interplay of Oral and Textual Traditions in Community Compositions from Qumran,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, MD, November 2013.
“Written Evidence of Oral Transmission in Texts from Qumran,” Biblical Colloquium, Baltimore, November 2013.
“The Serekh ha-Yahad as a Test Case for Editing Ancient Jewish Writings,” symposium Insights into Editing in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East, Munich, March 2013.