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With a background in Old Testament exegesis, I am particularly interested in the history, impact history and themes of the Greenlandic Bible, which can shed light on this field. This is especially true in regards to:
- the creation and development of the Greenlandic writing culture,
- the religious meeting in 18th century Greenland, including the relationship between traditional shamanistic culture and Christianity,
- shamanistic practice as a general religious phenomenon and the question of how its study can contribute to the understanding of a number of texts and problems in the Christian Bible,
- The genesis and history of the Old Testament as a Christian text,
- Greenland's catechetical tradition.
I am currently working on an annotated publication of the oldest preserved Greenlandic-language manuscripts, which were written by Hans Egede 1723 - 1725. As part of this work, I also examine the catechetical tradition in Greenland, which began with Hans Egede's missionary work, and which forms the beginning of the Greenlandic school. In a forthcoming article, in collaboration with Thorkild Kjærgaard, I prove that the first book printed in Greenlandic, Hans Egede's ABC from 1739, has not disappeared - although it has been the common assumption in Greenlandic literature since 1932.