Within this research project the rise and expansion of Christianity have been investigated in a series of regional histories.
The research group focuses on politically loaded concepts of space, especially in archaic and Hellenistic Greece and Augustan Rome, resp. The leading concepts that we are interested in are genealogical notions of space and ‚dynastic” concepts.
The project analyses literary genealogies in Jewish writings of the Hellenistic time. It focusses on the tradition-historical background, the narrative function and the meaning for the self-conception of the authors and readers of each scripture.
This project has investigated issues of succession in various cultural and religious contexts of the ancient Mediterranean and neighboring areas. In particular, it was examined how narratives of succession and/or genealogy served to create and stabilize collective identities, and how attempts were made to demarcate these from other sources of knowledge authorities and traditions.