Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries

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BRILL, 1996 - History - 216 pages
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This volume is a comparative study of the major iconophile writings of John of Damascus, Theodore the Studite and the Patriarch Nikephoros. Contrary to expectations, this study shows that far from being reactionary in their thought, the iconophiles were in fact more radical in their theology that the iconoclasts. Following an historical introduction, the first part of the book deals with philosophical themes. Titles of particular chapters include Aristotelianism, Icon and Idol, Patristic Authority, Written and Unwritten Tradition, Modes of Veneration, and Biblical Exegesis. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of the Byzantine iconoclastic period. Readers seeking to understand the importance of icons and iconography in Byzantine Christianity will find this volume particularly useful.
  

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Contents

Historical Introduction
1
PART ONE PHILOSOPHICAL THEMES
17
Introduction
19
Image and Prototype
22
Types of Images
34
Icon and Idol
44
Aristotelianism
52
PART TWO THEOLOGICAL THEMES
65
Apophaticism and Deification
114
Biblical Exegesis
125
Heresies and Church Councils
133
Patristic Authority
145
Written and Unwritten Tradition
156
Modes of Veneration
166
Eucharist and Cross
178
Theotokos and Saints
191

Introduction
67
The Incarnation
70
Angelology
81
Image and Likeness
89
Circumscription and Uncircumscribability
99
Conclusion
202
Bibliography
207
Index
213
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Kenneth Parry, Ph.D. (1993) in Theology, University of Manchester, teaches Religious Studies at the University of Manchester. He has published several papers on Byzantine theology and is a contributing editor to "A Dictionary of Eastern Christianity" (Blackwell, 1997).

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