Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries
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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PART ONE PHILOSOPHICAL THEMES
Image and Prototype
Types of Images
Icon and Idol
PART TWO THEOLOGICAL THEMES
Apophaticism and Deification
Heresies and Church Councils
Written and Unwritten Tradition
Modes of Veneration
Eucharist and Cross
Theotokos and Saints
angels Antir apophaticism argument Basil body of Christ Byzantine Chapter christology circumscribed clasts Constantine Council of 754 cross defence depicted divine nature doctrine early Christian eighth century emperor Epiphanius essence eucharist fathers of Nicaea flesh florilegium Gero glory Godhead grace Greek Gregory of Nazianzus Gregory of Nyssa Gregory Palamas heresy heretical Holy Spirit homonymous honour Horos of 754 human nature hypostasis icon icon of Christ icono iconoclasts iconophiles idol idolatry image and prototype image of Christ image-making incarnation invisible John of Damascus Leontius of Neapolis Mansi 13 matter Maximos the Confessor means Meyendorff Monophysites natures in Christ Neapolis Old Testament Oration pagan painted patriarch Germanos patriarch Nikephoros patristic Platonic prayer Quinisext Council reference representation saints says scripture second iconoclasm seen seventh century symbolic texts Theodore the Studite Theodore's theology theosis Theotokos things Third Antirrheticus thought tion true image unwritten tradition word worship writings written