EXC 2060 A3-27 - Cosmocracy and Pantocracy in Early Christianity (KoPaC): Roots, Functions, and Effects of Early Christian Rulership Images
- Funding Source
- DFG - Cluster of Excellence
- Project Number
- EXC 2060/1
"Cosmocracy" denotes the image of a world ruler in Christian and pagan antiquity. The iconography of Christ as cosmocrator belongs to the impressive images of Christ in the history of culture and theology. The roots of the ancient Christian conceptions of cosmocracy lie in the early Christian sources, more precisely in the New Testament writings. Even beyond lexis (κοσμοκράτωρ/παντοκράτωρ), the motific range of cosmocratic ideas associated with the Christ-figure is present here in many ways. The KoPaC project seeks to describe the New Testament motif domain comprehensively and to evaluate it in its contemporary historical context (Hellenism and the Principate). The following research questions are relevant:
The KoPaC project will provide a lexical and semantic inventory of cosmocracy and its transfer to the Christ-figure in early Christianity. It will classify such inventory in terms of the history of religion, describe it in terms of the history of ideas, and pursue it in terms of the history of its effects.