Like many regions of Asia Minor, North Galatia in Central Anatolia already came into contact with Christianity in New Testament times. However, literary sources on the propagation of the religion in this region are rare, both in and out of the New Testament. Early Christian inscriptions are therefore of great importance in this context. Working from them, the formation of ecclesiastic centers, structures and authorities, and the theological character of Christianity in this region shall be investigated.
The spatiality of John is conceived as a concept of narrative, and forms the structure of the gospel in connection with the important theological statements. This Ph.D. project analyzes to which extent the narrative in the Gospel of John implicitly contains spatiality and against which background it is to be interpreted. The central issue addressed here is the relationship between soteriology and spatial aspects of metaphors in John and whether this is an overarching strategy of his writing.
The focus of this Ph.D. project is the concept of dominion with reference to the dominated and its space. The letter Apostel Paul wrote to the Romans in the first century AD is being approached with a historical critical method, i.e. every word is analysed with the methods of traditional historical philology, focusing on lexical units and looking at syntactical links. Also, the Metaphor Identification Procedure is applied.
Eastern Promises of Salvation: Religious Authority, Spiritual Pedigree, and the Globalization of Knowledge in Ancient Asian Christianities, c. 100–c. 400 CE
This project investigates the history of early Christianity in the Kalykadnos valley and adjacent areas. To fulfill this task a cross-disciplinary approach has been chosen. A variety of sources – ranging from literary to epigraphic and archaeological material – is taken into account.
Within this research project the rise and expansion of Christianity have been investigated in a series of regional histories. It was started as “Diversity of spaces” in Topoi 1 and expanded under the current research title in Topoi 2. The studies juxtaposing literary and archaeological evidence have yielded a multidimensional view of early Christianity in diverse regions. Increasing Christian presence in specific naturally boarded spaces was studied and resulted in publication of a monograph on Christianity in the Lycus Valley (U. Huttner, Early Christianity in the Lycus Valley [ECAM 1; Brill: Leiden / Boston 2013]) up to the 5th century. This book has been discussed by several experts during a major session of the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Language in Atlanta in November 2015.
This project investigated the Christianization of knowledge in the Palestinian and Arabian provinces as well as the late antique province of Isauria, with particular consideration given to places and authorities central to this Christianization process. The research was supplemented by studies of Jewish models and influences in the research area.
Das Projekt nähert sich dem Problem immaterieller Ursachen materieller Erscheinungen von zwei Seiten her. Auf der einen Seite wird das Konzept der Weltseele im Neuplatonismus sowie Ursprung und Geschichte des Konzepts der Omnipräsenz untersucht. Auf der anderen Seite wird betrachtet, wie die antiken christlichen Vorstellungen von den Himmeln und dem Agieren himmlischer Kräfte im allgemeinen vor dem Hintergrund der mittel- und neuplatonischen Metaphysik, die als Rahmentheorie der nach antiken Maßstäben wissenschaftlichen christlichen Theorie diente, vorgestellt wurde.
This concerted project investigates the two urban centers Petra and Gadara and their surrounding countryside using comparative formulations and methods in seeking to determine the causes of similar and dissimilar developments and phenomena. In order to gain an understanding of the importance of the interaction between environmental and social factors in the formation and historical development of the urban form, interaction between several disciplines is required (e.g. geography, topography, geology, meteorology, technical sciences, ecology, demography, sociology, building law, building economy and cultural studies).
Besides the investigation of the formation and usage of spatial metaphors in the text corpus of the early Christian authors, this project also examines the significance of deixis and the meaning of several prepositional phrases, e.g. “in Christ”, “to be in Christ”, “to be in the Lord”, “to be in the Spirit”, “to be under the Law”, “to be under Grace (charis)” and “to be in Grace” as a mixture of spatial and non-spatial entities.