About the Project
Project B2 examines the Weimar-Jena area around 1800
with regard to the structure and organization of the ministry. It
addresses questions concerning specific persons as well as institutions
related to the church. The research focuses on the organization,
training and practice of theologians in their central spheres of
activity (church, school, university). The starting point during
the first project phase (2001-2004) was the highest church representative
in the duchy, Johann Gottfried Herder. For almost three decades
(1776-1803) he presided over the regional church in his position
as general superintendent. After the analysis of Herder's leading
function within the church, the delivery of sermons has become the
focus of the research. In this context, the research during the
second project phase (2004-2007) has continued to concentrate on
Herder and contextualizes his sermons within the Weimar-Jena phenomenon.
Outlook: Within the SFB 482 Project B2 has been able to build, in particular, on the material previous work of the historical Projects A1 and A2, and to contribute for its own part to the exploration of the institutional structure of the church in the duchy. In their substance and in their relevance for the history of institutions, the findings are largely unique for the time around 1800. At the same time, they are a starting point for contributing to the research on church history and theology of the period around 1800 that has recently received new impetus.