How to Read a Church: A Guide to Symbols and Images in Churches and Cathedrals (Google eBook)

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Hidden Spring, 2005 - Architecture - 246 pages
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Churches and cathedrals were originally built to be read. They are alive with images and symbols--"all of which are packed with meaning. But today few people, from regular visitors to tourists, truly understand the wealth of meaning in what they find there. How to Read a Church is must reading for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral. It explores the principal features of churches and what each represents. It also explains: In addition to exploring these brick-and-mortar motifs, the author also reveals fascinating and unexpected details such as how to 'read' the priest and the congregation, and he shows the varied ways that church architecture and appointments reflect the Christian year. From major themes to small but vital details, How to Read a Church will serve as a fascinating guide to the history, meanings, and messages of these beautiful buildings and the treasures they contain.
  

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

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

This is a good reference, but I've read most of this information elsewhere. Hence, I went through it quickly. Read full review

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

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Intersting book, well written and a good introduction to Christen church imagery. However, I would have like it to have gone into more detail. I'll be looking for something with more depth. Read full review

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Contents

PRELIMINARIES
1
CHURCH BUILDING AND FURNITURE
21
CROSSES AND CRUCIFIXES
39
GOD
48
JESUS
57
THE VIRGIN MARY
83
SAINTS
92
THE OLD TESTAMENT
132
ANIMALS BIRDS AND FISH
182
PLANTS
201
LETTERS AND WORDS
214
HOW TO READ A PRIEST
225
The Creed Sequence
234
Selected Further Reading
236
Index
238
Copyright

DOCTORS ANGELS AND ABSTRACTS
168

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