EABS Student Prize

The EABS Student Prize is an annual award presented to doctoral and/ or master’s students in recognition of their academic excellence in Biblical Studies or related fields. To enter the competition, one must be an EABS member in good standing and a doctoral or master’s student at the time of submitting their paper. Applicants are also required to present their papers in any of the sessions of the EABS Annual Conference of the year of the competition.

Typically, the award is given to two papers, one in Hebrew Bible (and cognate areas), and another in New Testament (and cognate areas). Participants must send their papers to the following email address: [email protected], by Sunday 15th May 2022, 23:59 CET. Participants are also encouraged to take part in the EABS Graduate Symposium, an annual gathering that aims to foster dialogue between master’s, doctoral, and early career researchers (postdocs). The symposium provides a good platform to test one’s research among peers and receive feedback from senior scholars before submitting the final paper by 15th May 2022. Please click here to learn more about the EABS Graduate Symposium. For more details regarding the EABS Student Paper Prize regulations, please see here.


2021 winners:

Bruno Biermann (University of Bern): Wearing a Seal as Conceptual Metaphor and Bodily Experience

Emma Swai (Liverpool Hope University): An Ideal New Testament Body? Corporeal Standards within New Testament Writings


Past winners:


 The prize was not awarded this year.


Rotem Avneri Meir (University of Helsinki): "The King and I: identity Formation and the Judean Imagination of the Imperial Court in the Book of Daniel."


The prize was not awarded this year.

Carl Johan Berglund (Uppsala University): "The Fields Already White for Harvest: Origen's Quarrel with Heracleon on John 4:35-36."


Jermo van Nes (Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven): "Hapax Legomena in Disputed Pauline Letters: A Reassessment"

Timo Tekoniemi (University of Helsinki): "On the Verge of Textual, Literary, and Redaction Criticism: The Case of 2 Kings 17:7"


Katja Kujanpää (University of Helsinki): "From Textual Criticism to Modern Quotation Theory: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Rhetorical Functions of Quotations in Paul’s Argumentation" (Published as: "From Eloquence to Evading Responsibility: The Rhetorical Functions of Quotations in Paul's Argumentation," JBL, 136 (2017), 185-202.

Ville Mäkipelto (University of Helsinki): "The Intersection of Textual and Literary Criticism in the Accounts of Joshua's Death" (Published as: "The Four Deaths of Joshua: Why the Septuagint is Pivotal for Redaction Criticism," Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, 6/2 (2017): 217-242.)



 Paul Michael Kurtz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): "The Way of War: Julius Wellhausen in Wilhelmine Germany" (Published as: "The Way of War: Wellhausen, Israel, and Bellicose Reiche," Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 127/1 (2015): 1-19.)

Lyndsey Smith (University of York): "Concentration on the Divine and Divine Inspiration in the Arts: St. George, St. Luke, and St. Jerome at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna"