The Invisible God: The Earliest Christians on Art

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Oxford University Press, 04/08/1994 - 352 páginas
This revisionist study challenges the received opinion that in its earliest manifestations Christianity was a form of religiosity opposed both on principle and in fact to the use of pictures. Paul Corby Finney argues that the well-known absence of Christian pictures before A.D. 200 is due to a complex interplay of social, economic, and political factors, and is not, as is commonly assumed, a result of an anti-image ideology. The book documents the origins of Christian art based on some of the oldest surviving Christian archaeological evidence, and it seeks to show how the Christian products conformed to the already-existing pagan types and models. This study will interest scholars and students in the fields of church history, ancient history, archaeology, art history, classics, and historical theology.
 

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Índice

1 The History of Interpretation
3
History and Literature
15
3 The Content of the Attack on Greek Art
39
4 The Emperors Image
69
Invisibility and Adaptation
99
6 The Earliest Christian Art
146
7 Invisible Divinity and Visible Religion
275
Selected Bibliography
299
Illustration Credits
309
Index
313
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