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.