Name: Topias Tanskanen
E-mail: aamunvaloa [at] gmail [dot] com
Birth year: 1992
Interests: Faith, theology, Hebrew and other semitic languages, capoeira, disc golf, internet, games, music, writing, translating old and dusty texts
Favourite movies: Drunken Master, Tonari no Totoro, Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, Postman Blues, The Peanuts, Martial Arts movies
Favourite books: Dragonlance, The Earthsea, The Witcher, The Bible, The Alchemist, Siddhartha (Herman Hesse), Mika Waltari, JP Ahonen
Hi! I am a PhD Student of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament in Åbo Akademi University, where I also have gotten a Master’s Degree in Old Testament Exegesis. More from my research on Early Reception of the Jacob Story can be found here (in Swedish, unfortunately) and here (in English). Information about my academical contributions can be found in the Research Database of Åbo Akademi University. I study also at the University of Helsinki, majoring in Hebrew Language, with minors in Ancient Near East and semitic studies. I finished my Senior Secondary School spring 2011 in Tampere Arts-Oriented Senior Secondary School.
Faith in Christian God defines my life quite far, or at least I strive for it to define it. Theology, especially exegetics is a big interest of mine and teaching about christianity is another passion of mine.
One could also include video games to my list of passions. They have affected my childhood and youth quite much and are still a part of my life, thanks especially to Nintendo, Valve and BioWare.
A third important aspect in my life is music. Both listening to music and playing it; composing (if one can use that term in my case) and especially writing lyrics are things I would love to have more time to play with.