Religion & The Arts

Angels and Demons in Art

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This sumptuously illustrated volume analyzes artists' representations of angels and demons and heaven and hell from the Judeo-Christian tradition and describes how these artistic portrayals evolved over time. As with other books in the Guide to Imagery series, the goal of this volume is to help contemporary art enthusiasts decode the symbolic meanings in the great masterworks of Western Art.
The first chapter traces the development of images of the Creation and the Afterworld from descriptions of them in the Scriptures through their evolution in later literary and philosophical works. The following two chapters examine artists' depictions of the two paths that humans may take, the path of evil or the path of salvation, and the punishments or rewards found on each. A chapter on the Judgment Day and the end of the world explores portrayals of the mysterious worlds between life and death and in the afterlife. Finally, the author looks at images of angelic and demonic beings themselves and how they came to be portrayed with the physical attributes--wings, halos, horns, and cloven hooves--with which we are now so familiar.
Thoroughly researched by and expert in the field of iconography, Angels and Demons in Art will delight readers with an interest in art or religious symbolism.
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9780892368303
Publication Date: 
2005-10-31

Angels: National Gallery Pocket Guide

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This original Pocket Guide examines the presence and surprisingly complicated history of angels in Christian art. Erika Langmuir points out that angels need not be winged; they can wear antique dress, contemporary church vestments, secular fashions, armor, or nothing at all; their gender and age are uncertain; and they are not always good. Langmuir explores these intriguing characteristics of angels by looking at some of the most engaging religious paintings in the Western tradition.
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9780300079234
Publication Date: 
1999-08-01
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Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America

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Kelly Donahue-Wallace surveys the art and architecture created in the Spanish Viceroyalties of New Spain, Peru, New Granada, and La Plata from the time of the conquest to the independence era. Emphasizing the viceregal capitals and their social, economic, religious, and political contexts, the author offers a chronological review of the major objects and monuments of the colonial era.

In order to present fundamental differences between the early and later colonial periods, works are offered chronologically and separated by medium--painting, urban planning, religious architecture, and secular art--so the aspects of production, purpose, and response associated with each work are given full attention. Primary documents, including wills, diaries, and guild records are placed throughout the text to provide a deeper appreciation of the contexts in which the objects were made.

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9780826334596
Publication Date: 
2008-02-29

Art of AIDS: From Stigma to Conscience

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The world of arts and literature has not escaped the problem of AIDS. Not only has the disease made itself felt in the lives (and deaths) of artists and their friends, but it has also affected the very form and content of contemporary art. AIDS is becoming a prevalent theme in literature, drama, dance, music, film, television, painting and photography.
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9780826406538
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2000-05-01
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At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture

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James Young explores Germany's fraught efforts to memorialize the Holocaust, and also asks how late 20th century artists can remember an event they never knew directly but which is shaped through images in films, photographs and museums.
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9780300080322
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2000-02-29
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Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain

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In villages and towns across Spain and its former New World colonies, local performers stage mock battles between Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that range from brief sword dances to massive street theatre lasting several days. The festival tradition officially celebrates the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies, yet this does not explain its persistence for more than five hundred years nor its widespread diffusion.

In this insightful book, Max Harris seeks to understand Mexicans' "puzzling and enduring passion" for festivals of moros y cristianos. He begins by tracing the performances' roots in medieval Spain and showing how they came to be superimposed on the mock battles that had been a part of pre-contact Aztec calendar rituals. Then using James Scott's distinction between "public" and "hidden transcripts," he reveals how, in the hands of folk and indigenous performers, these spectacles of conquest became prophecies of the eventual reconquest of Mexico by the defeated Aztec peoples. Even today, as lively descriptions of current festivals make plain, they remain a remarkably sophisticated vehicle for the communal expression of dissent.

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9780292731325
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1999-12-31
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Bach's Oratorios: The Parallel German-English Texts with Annotations

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The major choral works by Johann Sebastian Bach-the Christmas, Easter, and Ascension Oratorios, and the St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. John Passions-stand as the most frequently-performed and penetratingly discussed of the genre. Renowned Bach scholar Michael Marissen has assembled a compact, well-designed and ideally useful treatment of Bach's oratorios, providing the full German texts with literal English translations and copious annotations. He provides strict literal translations of these texts, with citations from the Luther Bible as it was known in Bach's day, along side extensive footnotes that provide information addressing the interests and concerns of today's Bach community. These are the first translations of the librettos from Bach's oratorios to accommodate the many sense-clarifying allusions to the readings of the Luther Bibles in Bach's day, to explore from historical dictionaries the meanings of previously unnoticed archaic usages, and to contrast relevant findings from modern biblical scholarship. Marissen's insights are particularly helpful, his thoroughness is impressive, and the book will be a longstanding, definitive, and essential reference for choral directors, performers, audience members, and Bach scholars alike.
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9780195367171
Publication Date: 
2008-09-01

Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts

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A collection of probing and imaginative discussions on the relation between the Incarnation and the arts.
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9780801022449
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2000-10-01
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Believing and Seeing: The Art of Gothic Cathedrals

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In" Believing and Seeing," Roland Recht argues that preoccupation with vision as a key to religious knowledge profoundly affected a broad range of late medieval works. In addition to the great cathedrals of France, Recht explores key religious buildings throughout Europe to reveal how their grand designs supported this profusion of images that made visible the signs of scripture. Reimagining these works as a link between devotional practices in the late Middle Ages and contemporaneous theories that deemed vision the basis of empirical truth, Recht provides students and scholars with a new lens through which to view Gothic art and architecture.

Readers will be rewarded by Recht's brilliant analysis of Gothic architectural polychromy, stained glass, and stone sculpture, and should find the unity of Recht's 'vision' of the Gothic ultimately convincing. "Choice"

Recht's book is especially at its most engaging when it opens up the treatment of images to suggest that ways of seeing, believing, and making constitute all together l art des cathedrales. "Art Bulletin ""

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9780226706078
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2010-10-01
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CALIFORNIA MISSIONS: VISITORS GUIDE

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Here is the unique story of the California missions - their dramatic founding, ruination, and eventual restoration. Never before have both the history and present-day beauty of the missions been so completely and magnificently portrayed. All twenty-one missions are shown in attractive watercolor renderings, and there are intriguing photographs from early days as well as recent times. Each mission is the subject of an individual chapter in which its meaning and contribution to our history are fully explained. A valuable reference source for the whole family, this handsome book doubles as a visitor's guide. Providing information on mission tours, museums, and libraries.
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9780376051721
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1996-11-30
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CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO MOZART

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Bridging the gap between scholarly and popular images of Mozart, this volume provides comprehensive coverage of all of his important works; the reception of his music since his death; the contexts which inform his work and his significance as a performer. It paints a rounded yet focused picture of one of the most revered artists of all time and enhances readers' appreciation of his extraordinary output.
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9780521001922
Publication Date: 
2014-12-31

CANTATA NO 140: WACHET AUF

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Music examples and charts illustrate the analyses, and each essay is fully annotated by the editor. In some cases, the results of the original research by the editor or by others working in the field are published here for the first time. Much of the material has never before appeared in English.

A score embodying the best available musical text.

Historical background what is known of the circumstances surrounding the origin of the work, including (where relevant) original source material.

A detailed analysis of the music, by the editor of the volume or another well-known scholar.

Other significant analytic essays and critical comments, exposing the student to a variety of opinions about the music."

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9780393095555
Publication Date: 
1971-12-31

CATHOLIC CRUSADE AGAINST THE MOVIES 1940 -1975

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For more than three decades the Catholic Church through its Legion of Decency controlled the content of Hollywood films. Studios submitted their films to the Legion for a rating, which varied from general approval to condemnation. Documenting the inner workings of the Legion, The Catholic Crusade Against the Movies examines how the Church acquired such control and how the changes in the movie industry and American society at large in the post-World War II era eventually conspired against that institution's power and led to its demise.
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9780521629058
Publication Date: 
2006-01-31

Cinema Divinite: Readings in Religion and Film

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This book is a veritable cornucopian feast for anyone interested in film. From case studies of key directors to discussions of cinematic classics, from explorations of time-honoured genres to investigations of the theological heart of many contemporary favourites, there is something for everyone's tastes here. This will help put to rest any suggestion that religion, theology and the Bible have nothing to do with the cinema -rather, these studies demonstrate that such matters are at the centre of our modern love-affair with the moving image."Dr Larry J Kreitzer, Tutor of New Testament and Tutor for Graduates, Regents Pak College, Oxford University, UK "From this fascinating collection, readers will learn that "biblical" movies reflect not only the biblical stories they tell but also the issues and trends that are important to the filmmakers who created them, while films that are not explicitly about the Bible may nonetheless be built around biblical themes, characters and stories. A stimulating and far-ranging addition to the growing literature on the intersections among the Bible, theology and cinema, this book is a must-read for all who love watching movies and talking about them." Dr Adele Reinhartz, Dean Graduate Studies and Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario The interdisciplinary study of theology and film requires a responsible engagement on the part of religious studies experts, biblical scholars and theologians, with film studies. Cinema Divinite first of all sets out various critical approaches to the study of film and theology such as formalism, expressionism, realism, textual analysis, contextual analysis, postmodern eclecticism, narrative criticism and cultural studies. The early chapters also look at the major concepts in film studies such as cinema spectatorship and the nature and application of film theory to theology.The book takes a case-study approach as it examines specific films, including The Godfather, Blade Runner, 0 Brother Where Art Thou?, specific filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrik and Luis Bunuel, and finally genre, including everything from film noir to animantion and the western.The book closes with a lively and often far-sighted discussion of the recently released The Passion of Christ. Eric S. Christianson is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University College Chester. Peter Francis is Warden of the St Deiniol's Library. William R Telford is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Durham.
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9780334029885
Publication Date: 
2011-07-01
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Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human

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Art is often viewed as being inherently spiritual. But what does it mean to describe an experience of art or beauty as "spiritual"? Is there a relationship between the spiritual experience a person has in the presence of a work of art and the Holy Spirit of Christian faith? Skilled theologian, musician, and educator Steven Guthrie examines areas of overlap between spirituality, human creativity, and the arts with the goal of sharpening and refining how we speak and think about the Holy Spirit. By exploring various connections between art and spirituality, he helps Christians better understand the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and offers a clear, engaging theology of the arts. The book includes a foreword by renowned theologian and musician Jeremy Begbie.
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9780801029219
Publication Date: 
2011-05-01
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David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar

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As an artist, David C. Driskell has used many media to great effect in exploring the subjects of nature and culture, African and African American heritage, spirituality, family, and sociopolitics. As a scholar and educator, he has probably done more than anyone else to establish the study of African American art within the broader canon of American art scholarship. His scores of awards and honours include, perhaps most notably the National Humanities Medal. In 2001, the University of Maryland opened the David C. Driskell centre for the study of the African Diaspora in honour of his tenure there. Now retired, Driskell is a tireless lecturer and visiting professor, he continues to paint, print, design and draw. In his foreword to this book, Keith Morrison asserts that the achievements of David C. Driskell are as grand as Mount Everest. Anyone who knows Driskell would readily agree. David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar traces it's subject's personal, artistic, and scholarly journeys, lending context to his participation in and influence over pivotal movements in twentieth-century American art and society. Nearly two hundred images - reproductions of artworks, photographs of Driskell and his family, friends, and associates - supporting Julie McGee's knowledgeable and engaging text present the first biography and comprehensive monograph of one of our most respected artists and scholars. David C. Driscoll: Artist and Scholar is a long-overdue tribute to a great American.
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9780764937477
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2006-10-01
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Doing Documentary Work

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In this thought-provoking volume, the renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles, author of The Children of Crisis series, offers a penetrating look into the nature of documentary work. Utilizing the documentaries of writers, photographers, and filmmakers, Coles shows how their prose and pictures are influenced by the observers' frame of reference: their social and educational background, personal morals, and political beliefs. He discusses literary documentaries: James Agee's searching portrait of Depression-era tenant farmers, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and George Orwell's passionate description of England's coal miners, The Road to Wigan Pier. Like many documentarians, Coles argues, Agee and Orwell did not try to be objective, but instead showered praise on the "noble" poor and contempt on the more privileged classes (including themselves) for "exploiting" these workers. Documentary photographs can be equally revealing about the observer. Coles demonstrates how famous photographers such as Walker Evans and Dorthea Lange edited and cropped their pictures to produce a desired effect. Even the shield of the camera could not hide the presence of the photographer. Coles also illuminates his points through his personal portraits of William Carlos Williams; Robert Moses, one of the leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s; Erik H. Erikson, biographer of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther; and others. Documentary work, Coles concludes, is a narrative constructed by the observer and is meant not only to represent "reality" but inevitably to interpret it.
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9780195124958
Publication Date: 
1998-10-31
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Dome of the Rock

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Combining over 200 photographs and essays, maps, drawings and traveller's tales this book looks at what is one of the most important religious monuments in the world. It has significance to all 3 major world religions.
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9780674023130
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2006-10-01
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Encyclopedia of Women in Religious Art

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The "Theology in Dialogue" Series explores the relationship between theology and different, secular academic disciplines which appear within the degree programs of colleges and universities. Each volume begins with a chapter and a reply, providing a thoughtful justification for the interaction of theology and the particular subject. This is followed by a theoretical analysis of this interaction, and a range of case studies illustrating the situation in the classroom.

"English Literature, Theology and the Curriculum" explores the nature and authority of religious writings and their influence on secular literature. What makes it distinctive is the manner in which it investigates the textual dynamic between the two disciplines by combining both theory and case study in a single collection of writings. It discusses interdisciplinary dialogue, offers case studies on literature and theology from Anglo-Saxon verse to the twentieth-century novel, and looks at curriculum considerations. The eminence and breadth of the contributors is outstanding.

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9780826409157
Publication Date: 
1996-10-31

Golden Age of Gospel

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Presents the history of gospel music in the United States. This book traces the development of gospel from its earliest beginnings through the Golden Age (1945-55) and into the 1960s when gospel entered the concert hall. It introduces dozens of the genre's gifted contributors, from Thomas A Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson to the Soul Stirrers.
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9780252068775
Publication Date: 
2000-01-31

Gothic Art: Glorious Visions

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Part of Prentice Hall's Perspectives series of moderately priced, heavily illustrated, high-quality paperback books on specific subjects in art history, this survey of Gothic art in Europe takes a fresh look at the meaning of the term Gothic and examines the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in terms of the way it is seen.
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9780131830608
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2002-12-31
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Gothic Image: Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

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Emile Male's book aids understanding of medieval art and medieval symbolism, and of the vision of the world which presided over the building of the French cathedrals. It looks at French religious art in the Middle Ages, its forms, and especially the Eastern sources of sculptural iconography used in the cathedrals of France. Fully illustrated with many footnotes it acts as a useful guide for the student of Western culture.
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9780064300322
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1973-01-31
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Hidden and Triumphant: the Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography

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"A true story--told for the first time" This dramatic history recounts the story of an aspect of Russian culture that fought to survive throughout the 20th century: the icon. Russian iconography kept faith alive in Soviet Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. As monasteries and churches were ruined, icons destroyed, thousands of believers killed or sent to Soviet prisons and labor camps, a few courageous iconographers continued to paint holy images secretly, despite the ever-present threat of arrest. Others were forced to leave Russia altogether, and while living abroad, struggled to preserve their Orthodox traditions. Today we are witness to a renaissance of the Russian icon, made possible by the sacrifices of this previous generation of heroes.

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9781557255648
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2010-04-01
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History of Art

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Traces the growth of man's aesthetic vision and the stylistic development of art, architecture, and sculpture since ancient times.
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9780131584112
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2014-01-31
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Illuminating Luke, Volume 2: The Public Ministry of Christ in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting

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This book examines visual representations of the public ministry of Christ in scenes unique to the Gospel of Luke. Scenes depicting the birth, suffering, and crucifixion of Christ no doubt dominated the visual repertoire of medieval and renaissance artists. Nonetheless, the miracles and teachings of Jesus also inspired numerous depictions, not only during the period of the earliest Christian art but continuing throughout the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods. The book demonstrates how this "visual exegesis" might enrich our understanding of Luke's Gospel and at the same time inform the contemporary faith community's interpretation of Scripture. Each of these chapters begins with an overview of the biblical passage and its subsequent interpretation, noting significant rhetorical features and the overarching theological argument of the text, as well as outlining a brief summary of its subsequent interpretation in the ecclesiastical literature. Next, the selected work of art is lent context by giving a brief biography of the artist, placing the work within the artist's own oeuvre, discussing what is known of the patronage of the specific mage, and exploring important social, political and religious factors which may facilitate our understanding of the painting. A stylistic and iconographic analysis is followed by brief hermeneutical reflections about how this visual interpretation might inform the church's reading of Scripture.

Illuminating Luke will appeal broadly to students of the Bible and the history of Christian art. Scholars and students interested in the history of biblical interpretation will benefit from this book. Likewise, educated laypersons and pastors will find in its pages rich resources for theological reflection.

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9780567028204
Publication Date: 
2005-09-01
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