How to Read a Church: A Guide to Symbols and Images in Churches and Cathedrals

How to Read a Church: A Guide to Symbols and Images in Churches and Cathedrals

by Richard Taylor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1587680300

ISBN-13: 9781587680304

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Paulist Press

Whether visiting a church as a secular tourist or a devout pilgrim, people have many of the same questions: Who are the figures in the stained glass? What does that picture of an animal mean? Why is the building laid out this way? Is this or that detail significant?

How to Read a Church is an essential guide to these incredible buildings and the treasures they

Overview

Whether visiting a church as a secular tourist or a devout pilgrim, people have many of the same questions: Who are the figures in the stained glass? What does that picture of an animal mean? Why is the building laid out this way? Is this or that detail significant?

How to Read a Church is an essential guide to these incredible buildings and the treasures they contain. As well as exploring recurring motifs, it looks at how to "read" the priest and the congregation, and considers the ways in which churches reflect the Christian year.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587680304
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
348,143
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Photo Creditsviii
Author's Noteix
Reading a Church: Preliminaries1
Church Building and Furniture21
Crosses and Crucifixes39
God48
Jesus57
The Vir Gin Mary83
Saints92
The Old Testament132
Doctors, Angels and Abstracts168
Animals, Birds and Fish182
Plants201
Letters and Words214
How to Read a Priest225
AppendixThe Creed Sequence234
Selected Further Reading236
Index238

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