The Invisible God: The Earliest Christians on Art / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113815
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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University of Missouri, St. Louis
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1 The History of Interpretation 3
2 The Apologists' Attack on Greek Art: History and Literature 15
3 The Content of the Attack on Greek Art 39
4 The Emperor's Image 69
5 Christianity Before 200: 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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