Religious Studies

Jerusalem II: Jerusalem in Roman-Byzantine Times

Edited by Katharina Heyden and Maria Lissek with the assistance of Astrid Kaufmann

[Jerusalem II: Jerusalem in römisch-byzantinischer Zeit.]

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Jerusalem was influenced in its shape and history by different powers, people and interests ever since. The present volume illustrates the history of the city in the crucial epoch of Late Antiquity. It focuses on the mutual interactions of holy places and urban life, religious groups and political stakeholders in the pilgrim city.
The present volume gives insights into the shape, life and claims of Jerusalem in Roman-Byzantine Times (2nd to 7th century). Regarding the history of religions and its impact on urbanistic issues, the city of Jerusalem is of special and paradigmatic interest. The coexistence and sometimes rivalry of Jewish, Hellenistic, Roman, Christian and later Islamic cults had an impact on urban planning. The city's importance as a centre of international pilgrimage and educational tourism affected demographic and institutional characteristics. Moreover, the rivalry between the various religious traditions at the holy places effected a plurivalent sacralisation of the urban area. To show transitions and transformations, coexistence and conflicts, seventeen articles by internationally distinguished researchers from different fields, such as archaeology, Christian theology, history, Jewish and Islamic studies, are brought together to constitute this collection of essays.
Survey of contents
Katharina Heyden/Maria Lissek: Jerusalem: Shape, Life and Claims

Part One: Shape of the City: Topography and Buildings
Max Küchler/Markus Lau: Topographie und Baugeschichte Jerusalems in römischer und byzantinischer Zeit – Christoph Markschies: Die Christianisierung Jerusalems und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Urbanisierung – Ute Verstegen: Die christliche Sakralisierung Jerusalems von Konstantin bis Heraklios – Harald Buchinger: Liturgy and Topography in Late Antique Jerusalem – Jürgen Krüger: Die Grabeskirche: Entstehung und Entwicklung bis in frühislamische Zeit

Part Two: Life in and around the City: Economics and Religions
Jon Seligman: The Economy of Jerusalem from the Second to Seventh Centuries – Ronny Reich: The Cultic and Secular Use of Water in Roman and Byzantine Jerusalem – Nicole Belayche: The Religious Life at Aelia Capitolina (ex-Jerusalem) in Roman Times (Hadrian to Constantine) – Hagith Sivan: The Making of Memory: Jerusalem and Palestinian Jewry in Late Antiquity – Ora Limor: Jewish and Christian Pilgrims to Jerusalem in Late Antiquity – Andreas Müller: Jerusalem als Zentrum von Wohltätigkeit in der Spätantike – Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony: Monastic Networks in Byzantine Jerusalem

Part Three: Claims on the City: Emperors, Bishops and Monks
Jan Willem Drijvers: Jerusalem – Aelia Capitolina: Imperial Intervention, Patronage and Munificence – Lorenzo Perrone: Jerusalem als kirchliches Zentrum der frühbyzantinischen Reichskirche – Christoph Brunhorn: Die Bedeutung Jerusalems für das Mönchtum der Judäischen Wüste: Monastische Topographie im hagiographischen Corpus Kyrills von Skythopolis

Epilogue: The City in Early Islamic Period
Angelika Neuwirth: Al-masjid al-aqṣā: The Qur'anic New Jerusalem – Boaz Shoshan: The Islamic Conquest: Continuity and Change

Katharina Heyden Born 1977; received her academic education in Berlin, Jerusalem, Rome, Jena and Göttingen; since 2014 chair for Ancient History of Christianity and Interreligious Encounters at the University of Bern; presides the »Team Interreligious Studies« and is the Director of the Interfaculty Research Cooperation »Religious Conflicts and Coping Strategies".

Maria Lissek Born 1986; studied theology in Bamberg, Marburg, Jerusalem and Tübingen; was academic assistant in Jerusalem and research fellow in Oxford; since 2020 postdoc at the Institute of Historical Theology at the University of Bern.

Astrid Kaufmann Born 1990; studied History and Religious Studies in Bern; 2017–2020 undergraduate assistant at the Institute of Historical Theology at the University of Bern.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 147 (2022), pp. 293–295 (Dieter Vieweger)
In: The Polish Journal of Bibl. Research — 21 (2022), pp. 163–165 (Zdzislaw J. Kapera)
In: Church History — 91 (2022), pp. 653–655 (Sarit Kattan Gribetz)
In: Theologische Revue —–3767 (Peter Gemeinhardt)
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