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Locating Paradise in China : Joseph Stöcklein's Chronology (1729) in context
AuthorDürr, Renate
Pub. LocationOxford, EnglandPublisherOxford University Press
Date2018Phys. Desc.pdf. [25 p. : ill. (some color)]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBS637.D877 2018d
Locating Paradise in China: Joseph Stöcklein's Chronology (1729) in Context / Renate Dürr.
Extract from German History, 36.4, December 2018.
Includes bibliographical references.

Abstract: This article focuses on the Chronology by the Graz Jesuit Joseph Stöcklein (1676–1732), published in 1729. Since late antiquity, intellectuals have been crafting chronological works with a view to making apparent God’s actions in the world. These attempts were primarily based on the Old Testament, which was seen as a historiographical narrative and thus counted as a record of factual truth. New chronographical insights from China, which had been reaching Europe since the beginning of the seventeenth century, contradicted this exegetical tradition, however. Whoever attempted to relate the new findings arriving from China to the Bible had no choice but to give up certain truths in order to save others. Seen in this light, the tight framework of biblical truth led directly to creative hypotheses such as Stöcklein’s Chronology, which demonstrated two main shifts in the conceptualizing of universal history: first, Stöcklein emphasized the significance of the Old Reich and therefore decentred his universal history from western Europe to (mainly) Augsburg and Nuremberg; secondly, he envisaged the Far East rather than the Middle East and Europe as the geographical centre of Christian universalism and of the beginning of universal history. One crucial step was his relocation of Paradise to the immediate vicinity of China. Discussing the manifold Buddhist, Muslim and Christian sources with which Stöcklein was playing, I argue that Stöcklein’s turned the biblical story of salvation into a Chinese story of salvation.

Local access dig. pdf. [Durr-Stocklein Chronology.pdf]
Online at: German History website, or at Academia.edu.

Subject(s)Stöcklein, Joseph, 1676-1733
Chronology, Chinese
Chronology, Historical
China--History--Chronology--Jesuit interpretations
Historiography--China--History--Jesuit interpretations
Bible--Chronology--Early works to 1800
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19574