Biblical philology and exegesis: Septuagint studies, with a focus on the Book of Daniel (Masoretic Text, Qumran manuscripts, Septuagint, and other ancient Greek versions); New Testament.
Education, academic and professional experience
Anna Mambelli is scientific coordinator of the international and interdisciplinary project Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (HTLS, ed. Eberhard Bons, 4 vols., Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen).
She is a member of the editorial board of the Bologna Studies in Religious History series, published in the Brill catalog.
She is a member of the editorial team of the journal “Cristianesimo nella storia. Studies in History, Theology and Exegesis” and of the team working on Plorabunt - Martyrology of People at Prayer, a FSCIRE research line.
In 2021, she obtained a PhD in History of Religions from the University of Strasbourg and in Religious Studies from the Giuseppe Alberigo European School for Advanced Religious Studies, Bologna, in the context of an international co-tutorship agreement (cotutelle) between FSCIRE and the University of Strasbourg.
Her doctoral dissertation (supervisors: Prof. Eberhard Bons and Prof. Luca Mazzinghi) focuses on the Hellenistic context and the meaning of the dream reports in Daniel 2 and 4 in its two complete Greek versions, known respectively as the Old Greek and Theodotion.
Between 2017 and 2019 she spent several research periods at the University of Strasbourg, perfecting Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, and in September-October 2017 she carried out part of her research at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem.
Previously, she studied at the School of Letters and Heritage of the University of Bologna, and graduated in July 2013, tutored by Professor Renzo Tosi, with her B.A. thesis entitled Δοῦλος nel Nuovo Testamento. In March 2016 she obtained her M.A. degree in Philology, Literature and Classical Tradition, tutored by Professors Renzo Tosi and Antonio Cacciari, with a thesis entitled La Seconda Lettera di Pietro. Ricerche linguistiche e problemi interpretativi.
A. Mambelli, Costruzioni dell’eresia e dell’ortodossia nel cristianesimo antico, «Nuova Secondaria» 10 June 2020, pp. 28-31.
E. Bons, A. Mambelli, D. Scialabba (eds.), Exodos. Storia di un vocabolo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019.
A. Mambelli, V. Marchetto (eds.), Naming the Sacred. Religious Toponymy in History, Theology and Politics, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019.
Chapters in books
A. Mambelli, Exodus, in Handbuch zur Septuaginta (LXX.H), vol. VI, Die Wirkungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte der Septuaginta, eds. Martin Meiser, Florian Wilk, Gütersloh, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2022, pp. 90-97.
A. Mambelli, The Second Epistle of Peter: A Different Approach to Lexical Analysis, in Defining Authorship, Debating Authenticity: Problems of Authority from Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance, eds. R. Berardi, M. Filosa, D. Massimo, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, 2020, pp. 235-256.
A. Mambelli, The Influence of the Septuagint on the Vocabulary of the Second Epistle of Peter. The Cases of ὁµίχλη, ἐµπαίκτης, ῥοιζηδόν and ἀµώµητος in 2 Peter 2:17; 3:3, 10, 14, in Die Septuaginta – Themen, Manuskripte, Wirkungen. 7. Internationale Fachtagung veranstaltet von Septuaginta Deutsch (LXX.D), Wuppertal 19.-22. Juli 2018, eds. E. Bons, M. Geiger, F. Ueberschaer, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2020, pp. 728-739.
A. Mambelli, L’uso di ἔξοδος nel Nuovo Testamento e nella letteratura cristiana antica, in Exodos. Storia di un vocabolo, eds. E. Bons, A. Mambelli, D. Scialabba, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019, pp. 131-164.
A. Mambelli, Le prime attestazioni di Ἔξοδος come titolo del secondo libro del Pentateuco, in Exodos. Storia di un vocabolo, eds. E. Bons, A. Mambelli, D. Scialabba, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019, pp. 167-177.
A. Mambelli, Vaccari Alberto, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. XCVII, Rome, Treccani, 2020, https://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/alberto-vaccari_(Dizionario-Biografico)
A. Mambelli, ἀνομέω, in Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (HTLS), vol. I, Alpha – Gamma, ed. E. Bons, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2020, pp. 817-819, 821-824.
A. Mambelli, γίγας, in Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (HTLS), vol. I, Alpha – Gamma, ed. E. Bons, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2020, pp.1860-1864.
Conferences, seminars and workshops
27 April 2021, Lineamenti di storia dell’esegesi delle fonti cristiane, Teacher training course, Storie, culture e religioni in dialogo. La ricchezza nella diversità per una società scolastica inclusiva, ICS Silvio Boccone project, Palermo.
11-13 July 2019, Costruzione dell’eresia e dell'ortodossia nel cristianesimo antico, Teacher training course, Il lessico storico-religioso di Fscire: lo sviluppo delle eresie tra Oriente e Occidente, FSCIRE, Bologna.
1-5 July 2019, Dreams and Visions: An Investigation into the Meaning of the Word ἐνύπνιον from Ancient Greek Literature to Early Christian Writings, International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Hellenistic Greek Language and Linguistics, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome.
4-7 March 2019, ʻShe reinforced her woman’s reasoning with a man’s courageʼ (2 Macc. 7:21). Heroic Virtues of the Suffering Materfamilias in 2 Maccabees 7 and 4 Maccabees, panel ʻWomen prove superiorʼ (1 Esdr. 3:12). Women and Power in Jewish Hellenistic Literature, Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna.
17-20 November 2018, Exodos: Lexical History and Reception of a Greek Term, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Lexicography of the Greek Bible, Denver, Colorado.
19-22 July 2018, The Use of ὁµίχλη in the Septuagint and in the Second Epistle of Peter in the Context of Divine Judgment, 7. Internationale Fachtagung veranstaltet von Septuaginta Deutsch (LXX.D), Die Septuaginta - Themen, Manuskripte, Wirkungen, Wuppertal.
5-8 March 2018, Exodus in the New Testament and Early Christian Literature, panel Exodus – An Investigation of Vocabulary and Concepts from Ancient Greek Literature to Early Christian Writings, First Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna.
26-27 October 2017, The Second Epistle of Peter. Reflections on the Relationship between Pseudonymity and Canonicity, Prolepsis’ Second International Postgraduate Conference, «Auctor est aequivocum»: Authenticity, Authority and Authorship from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Bari.
18-22 June 2017, Rileggere Lc 5:35 in relazione alla caduta di Gerusalemme, panel, And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed” (Lam 1:6). Reactions, Responses and Reflections on the Fall of Jerusalem from the 1st to the 7th Century A.D., Zero Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna.