What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? the potential of spatial-temporal analysis methods to interpret early Christian literature

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Abstract

The early Christian apologist Tertullian (ca. 160 - ca. 230 CE) queries in his De
praescriptione haereticorum: “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church? What between heretics and Christians?” As the question raised by Tertullian is about the relation between different disciplines and possible mutual relevance, it shows resemblance with this research:what does spatial-temporal analysis have to do with the interpretation of early Christian literature? Are these two disciplines in some way compatible with each other?
This research hypothesizes that spatial-temporal analyses could bring
additional and new insights to the interpretation of early Christian literature. The main question in this research is: in which way can spatial-temporal analysis methods contribute to the interpretation of early Christian literature?
To answer this question, an inventory of relevant work in related disciplines is made and a case-study approach is applied to demonstrate the application of
spatial-temporal analysis methods for the interpretation of early Christian literature. Furthermore, the potential and limitations of developed methods and data solutions are assessed. The study concludes by suggesting improvements and further developments to advance the use of spatial-temporal analysis in the interpretation of texts.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Stoter, J.E., Supervisor
  • Bakker, H.A., Supervisor, External person
  • Krans, J.L.H., Advisor, External person
Award date14 Jun 2022
Print ISBNs978 94 6458 168 3
DOIs
Publication statusSubmitted - 2022

Keywords

  • spatial-temporal analysis
  • Historical GIS
  • New Testament exegesis
  • textual criticism
  • Interpretation
  • Narrative analysis

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