Dr. Jessica van `t Westeinde

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Postdoc)

Abteilung für Alte Geschichte und Rezeptionsgeschichte der Antike

Seit April 2018 Junior Research Fellow, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland
2017 - 2018 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiterin SFB 1266 TP E3, Institut für klassische Altertumskunde, Abt. Klassische Archäologie, CAU zu Kiel, Germany
2016 - 2017 Lehrbeauftragte, Lehrstuhl für Neues Testament I, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
2016 - 2017 Teach @ Tübingen Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Institut für antikes Judentum und hellenistische Religionsgeschichte, Tübingen, Germany
Februar - Juli  2016 month visiting fellowship, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark
2016 PhD in History of Religion, Durham University, UK
2013 - 2015 Research Assistant, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK
2013 - 2015 Teaching Assistant, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK
2012 Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
2011 Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Jerome of Stridon
  • Roman aristocracy, patronage, and individual religious agency
  • Individuality, social networks, and formation of religious groups in late antiquity
  • Religion in the later Roman Empire
  • Religious conflict, coping strategies, social mechanisms in late antiquity
  • Jewish Diaspora Identity in the (later) Roman Empire
  • Testament of Levi
  • The beginnings of Jewish Mysticism and Hekhalot literature
  • Cognitive approaches to early Jewish Mysticism
  • Johannes Munck
  • Polybius

“Grounds for combat or conciliation: ecumenical councils between Nicaea and Chalcedon” – subproject of Projekt 9: Councils and Conflicts. Trouble shooting and shooting trouble in Late Antiquity (Prof. Dr. Stefan Rebenich and Prof. Dr. Katharina Heyden), IFK Religious Conflicts and Coping Strategies

Jewish Sacred Spaces in urban contexts of the (later) Roman Empire

Perception of landscape and sanctuaries in Polybius


van ‘t Westeinde, J., (2018): Not that far from a madding crowd: Jerome ‘exiled’ in Bethlehem, in Mobility and Exile at the End of Antiquity (ECCA), Eds. Jörg Ulrich, Dirk Rohmann, Julia Hillner, Margarita Vallejo Girvés (Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang) (in press)

(2019): Religious Minorities in Late Roman Italy: Jewish Groups and their Polytheistic Neighbours, in Late Roman Italy – Imperium to Regnum (c. 250-500 CE), Ed. J. Wijnendaele (forthcoming)

(2019): Jerome and his Jewish relations in the Holy Land, in Origeniana XII, B. Bitton Ashkelony et al (eds.), Leuven: Peeters (forthcoming)

(2018): Johannes Munck: some observations on the scholar and his work, in Histos (sub prelo)

(2018): Die Seele bei Hieronymus und die Rabbiner, in Die Seele. Zur Genese und Aktualität eines vergessenen Konzepts, band I: Die religionsgeschichtliche Entstehung und Ausdeutung des Seele-Begriffs in der Antike, Eds. P. Becker, S. Jöris, A. Meuthrath, (Berlin: Verlag Herder, Reihe Quaestiones disputatae) (sub prelo).  

(2017): Jerome and the Christianus perfectus: a transformed Roman noble man?, in Studia Patristica XCVII: Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015. Volume 23: From the Fourth Century Onwards (Latin Writers); Nachleben, M. Vinzent (ed.), (Leuven: Peeters), 17-36

(2017): Liberating Levi: a cultural evolutionary approach to Aramaic and Greek Levi beyond denominational essentialism, in We and They. Decolonizing Greco-Roman and Biblical Antiquities (Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity), Eds. J. Cahana and K. MacKendrick (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press) (in press)

(2017): Sacerdotalisation and early Jewish mystical elements in the Greek Testament of Levi, in: 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, Eds. D. Hamidovic, S. C. Mimouni, and L. Painchaud, Collection « Judaïsme antique et origines du christianisme » (Turnhout: Brepols) (in press)

(2016): Teach and Transform: education and (re)constructing identity in Jerome’s letters, in: Studia Patristica LXXIV, Including papers presented at the Fifth British Patristics Conference, London, 3-5 September 2014, Eds. M. Vinzent & A. Brent (Leuven: Peeters), 223-237.

(2016): Questioning Authority: Christian education leading to lay participation in doctrinal debates, in: Tradition and Transformation. Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean, Ed. Mihail Mitrea (Kiel: Solivagus), 92-114.

‘geopfert in sînem tempel- Sacrificed in his Temple (Mal. 3:1-2) in Eckhart’, Eckhart: Texts and Studies (forthcoming)


Lucas Preis Adam Zagajewski Lecture and Laudatio 2016 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck)

Lucas Preis Joachim Gauck Lecture and Laudatio 2017 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck)

  • European Association for Jewish Studies
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East
  • Isaiah Berlin Scholarship, UK, for Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • 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