Dr. Jessica van't Westeinde

Projektmitarbeiterin im SFB 1266 TransformationsDimensionen

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Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium


Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium


PhD in History of Religion, Durham University, UK


Teach @ Tübingen Post-doctoral Research Fellow


Wissenschaftlichte Mitarbeiterin (PostDoc) an der SFB-Teilprojekt E3, Institut für Klassische Altertumskunde, Abteilung Klassiche Archäologie, Christian-Albrechts Universtät zu Kiel


  T@T Post-doctoral Research Scholarship, Tübingen Exzellenzinitiative
  Aarhus AUFF Visiting Scholarship, Aarhus University, Denmark
  Faculty of Arts and Humanities PGR Research Support Award, Durham University, UK

Mitglied der European Association for Jewish Studies und des Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East



  •  J. van't Westeinde, Not that far from a madding crowd. Jerome ‘exiled’ in Bethlehem, in: J. Ulrich - D. Rohmann - J. Hillner - M. Vallejo Girvés (Hrsg.), Mobility and Exile at the End of Antiquity (Frankfurt 2018) (eingereicht)
  • J. van't Westeinde, Liberating Levi. A cultural evolutionary approach to Aramaic and Greek Levi beyond denominational essentialism, in: J. Cahana - K. MacKendrick (Hrsg.), We and They. Decolonizing Greco-Roman and Biblical Antiquities (Aarhus 2017) (im Druck)
  •  J. van't Westeinde, ‘geopfert in sînem tempel- Sacrificed in his Temple (Mal. 3:1-2) in Eckhart’. Eckhart: Texts and Studies (in Vorbereitung)
  •  J. van't Westeinde, Jerome and the Christianus perfectus. A transformed Roman noble man?, in: M. Vinzent - A. Brent (Hrsg.), Studia Patristica LXXV (Leuven 2017) (im Druck)
  •  J. van't Westeinde, Sacerdotalisation and early Jewish mystical elements in the Greek Testament of Levi, in: D. Hamidovic - S. C. Mimouni - L. Painchaud (Hrsg.), Les écrits mystiques des Hekhalot et la ‘sacerdotalisation’ dans le judaïsme ancient, Colloque international à l’Université de Lausanne du 26 au 28 octobre 2015 (Turnhout 2017) (im Druck)
  •  J. van't Westeinde, Teach and Transform. Education and (re)constructing identity in Jerome’s letters, in: M. Vinzent - A. Brent (Hrsg.),Studia Patristica LXXIV, Including papers presented at the Fifth British Patristics Conference, London, 3-5 September 2014 (Leuven 2016), 223-237
  • J. van't Westeinde, Questioning Authority. Christian education leading to lay participation in doctrinal debates, in: Mihail Mitrea (Hrsg.), Tradition and Transformation. Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean (Kiel 2016) 92-114


Hellenistic historians on landscape perception

Lagerhof der Villa di Villa Regina, BoscorealeSet within the framework of the E3 Project « Hellenistic sanctuary as a perception and action context: mutual influence between humans, architecture, and landscape » this sub-project serves to cover the literary sources dealing with landscape perception, and sanctuaries in particular. Reading Hellenistic historians I will search for evidence of interaction and interrelation between human beings and nature/landscape through for example military actions, architecture, urbanscape perception, and in particular sanctuaries. The Hellenistic historian Polybius (c. 200-after 118 BCE) will be the first calling point in my quest to search for literary evidence that supports the hypothesis of the SFB-E3 Teilprojekt. There are several instances where Polybius perceives the situation of sanctuaries within cities and the surrounding landscape, for example in Plb. 9.27 on Agrigentum where a temple of Athene and Zeus Atabyrius sit atop the citadel (see image below), similar to Rhodes. After a close-text analysis of Polybius’ work, the analysis will have to be expanded chronologically in both ways by looking at earlier and later historians, as well as pilgrims’ travel accounts.

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