Theological findings on apocryphal writings: Could they foster conflict resolution? Yes they could, say scholars at the Regensburg Centre for Advanced Studies Beyond Canon_.
It is an inconspicuous book, hardly larger or holding more pages than a paperback, that has been in the stacks of the University Library at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) until recently. Telling from the worn edges of its pages, it looks as if the book in Hebrew script was picked up often. Despite its condition, the book is a valuable object – not because of the material value of this prayer book “Sidur Sefat Emet”, which is still widely used in Germany today. What makes it a treasure is a short handwritten note in the envelope: “Wolf Grünebaum, Sulzbürg i. Obpf, 4. Mai 1926“.
At first glance, it is merely a printed textbook for religious education in a foreign language. But the genesis of the 1903 edition of "Kurze biblische Geschichte für die unteren Schuljahre der katholischen Volksschule" (short biblical history for the lower years of Catholic elementary school), published in the language of the indigenous Mapuche, provides special insights into the time of missionary work by the Bavarian Capuchins in Chile. A digital re-edition project implemented by the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt KU, which has now come to a conclusion, focuses especially on the ambivalent translation and dissemination history of the work.
In contrast to developments in Western Europe, religion continues to gain importance globally - also with regard to political processes of recent times. Even in the current Ukraine conflict, religion plays a role after the country’s Orthodox Church was split with the nation’s independence in the early 1990s. Knowledge about Orthodox Churches and Churches of the Christian Orient in the Middle East, however, remains scattered around the world.
Trying to gain an overview of Jewish history in pre-modern Bavaria, it is easy to lose track of the bigger picture in the seemingly chaotic succession of settling, expulsion and renewed settling. A new digital map, created by researchers of Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, now provides us with a systematic insight into the history of Jewish settlements within the borders of modern-day Bavaria.