Welcome, and thanks for checking out the Mapping Apostolic Authority Project (MAAP). Although I wish I could claim the inspiration for the clever acronym, I did not discover its beauty until nearly the third week of working on this project. Nevertheless, to say I am proud of it would be an understatement.

Titles aside, I hope that this geo-temporal exploration of apostolic authority in the first four centuries of the church (from the apostles to Nicaea) is an illuminating resource for you. I set out on this project hoping to create an interactive display that would illustrate geographical relationships between apostles and claims being made about apostolic figures; I wanted to explore the complex dynamics surrounding the temporal trends of apostolic authority. I was eager to see what would surface. So, whether you are using this resource as a study tool or you are engaged in a deep exploration of the complex social issues shaping the way church fathers constructed apostolic arguments, I welcome your examination of this interactive display and I eagerly await any feedback you wish to provide.

Although I do not have any specific plans for the continuation of this project past May 2017, the past few months have been an enriching experience and these findings have been personally intriguing on numerous levels. Who knows- church fathers never could quite get away from making apostolic arguments, and it might be the same for me.

Project created for Washington & Lee University REL 250: Orthodoxy and Heresy (Winter, 2017). Feel free to contact me at hartnessr18@mail.wlu.edu. Many thanks to Professor Alex Brown (Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Bible at Washington & Lee University) for countless conversations and endless advice. I am grateful to the Washington & Lee Digital Humanities Department whose staff made a project of this nature accessible for a non-tech-savvy person as myself.