Sarianna Metso

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 307, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially ancient Jewish legislation
  • Second Temple Jewish Literature
  • Editing of biblical manuscripts and physical manuscript reconstruction
  • Methods of textual and redaction criticism
  • Problems related to reconstructing history from ancient Jewish literature


Sarianna Metso joined the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations as well as the Department of Historical Studies in 2005. She is also an Associate Member of the University of Toronto Centre for Jewish Studies. Her areas of research are the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, particularly issues of ancient Jewish legislation, community identity development, and methodology of historical reconstruction. She is currently preparing a new critical edition of the Book of Leviticus for the multi-volume Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition (HBCE) project, and she is a member of the team of scholars preparing the 30-year revision of the New Revised Standard Edition (NRSV) of the Bible.


PhD, University of Helsinki