Catalogues the heritage of images according to type and subject, from the ancient at the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai to those from Greece, Constantinople, and Russia. This book includes chapters such as role of icons in the Orthodox liturgy and on common iconic subjects, including the fathers and saints of the Eastern Church.
Author: Alfredo Tradigo
Publisher: Getty Publications
Über ein Jahrtausend lang, von seiner Gründung im Jahre 330 n. Chr. bis zu seinem Untergang im Jahre 1453, war das Byzantinische Reich eine Wiege von künstlerischem Überfluss, die erst jetzt wiederentdeckt wird. Ausgestattet mit dem reichen Erbe der römischen, östlichen und christlichen Kulturen, entwickelten die byzantinischen Künstler eine architektonische und malerische, vom Symbolismus geprägte Tradition, die auch über die Grenzen des Reiches hinaus einen großen Einfluss ausübte. Italien, Nordafrika und der Nahe Osten schützen und erhalten heutzutage die antiken Überreste dieser anspruchsvollen künstlerischen Tradition mit all ihrer geheimnisvollen und verzaubernden Schönheit. Die Pracht der Paläste, Kirchen, Malereien, Töpferwaren, Keramiken und Mosaiken dieser Kultur ist ein Garant für den großen Einfluss und die Zeitlosigkeit der byzantinischen Kunst.
Author: Charles Bayet
Publisher: Parkstone International
Ecclesiasticus Prayer brings together essays, which were delivered on various occasions and are arranged into four general topics-hence the subtitle. The first section on Icons offers an introductory lecture on the iconoclastic dispute with a select (updated) bibliography and a fresh exposition, on the basis of the original text of St. John of Damascus' Defense of the Icons. The second section on Saints represents an introduction to Orthodox Hagiography, which was prepared for the Orthodox-Reformed Dialogue, and offers an extensive bibliography on the subject. The third section on Feasts is a general presentation of the major movable and immovable feasts of the Orthodox liturgical years and dovetails with the section on the Saints. Finally, the fourth section on Prayer offers two expositions of the Lord's Prayer, one by St. Maximos the Confessor and another by St. Macarios of Corinth, which are representative of the patristic understanding of this Prayer that constitutes the basis of Orthodox spirituality.
Orthodox Icons, Saints, Feasts and Prayer
Author: George Dion Dragas
Publisher: Orthodox Research Inst
Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book provides an accessible guide to their story and power. Illustrated mostly with Cretan, Greek, and Russian examples from the British Museum, which houses Britain's most important collection, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history.
Author: Robin Cormack
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Western European Christendom finds it difficult to comprehend the Eastern Orthodox Church because it knows little about the practice and doctrines of Orthodoxy. Even what is known is overlaid by many strata of prejudices and misunderstandings, partly political in nature. One of the obstacles has been the natural tendency to confound the ideas and customs of the Orthodox Church with familiar parallels in Roman Catholicism. To escape this tradition pitfall, Ernst Benz focuses on icon painting as a logical place to begin his examination of the Orthodox Church. Beginning with a brilliant discussion of the importance of icons in the Eastern Church--and the far-reaching effects of icons on doctrine as well as art--Benz counteracts the confusion, explaining simply and clearly the liturgy and sacraments, dogma, constitution and law of Eastern Orthodoxy. In brief history, he describes the rise of Orthodox national churches, schismatic churches, and churches in exile; the role of monasticism and its striking differences from Roman Catholic monasticism; the missionary work of the Orthodox Church; and the influence of Orthodoxy on politics and culture. The role of the church can be defined in terms of the image. Benz writes that the church exists so that "members may be incorporated into the image of Jesus Christ in that individual believers are changed into his likeness'" as Paul writes in the second letter to the Corinthians. Thus, Orthodox theology holds up the icon as the true key to the understanding of Orthodox dogma. The Eastern Orthodox Church will be valuable to anyone interested in learning more about the church, its thought, its life, and its ideals. Ernst Benz (1907-1978) was one of the most distinguished contemporary German theologians and perhaps the leading Western authority on Eastern Orthodoxy. He studied classical philology and archeology at Tbingen, Berlin and Rome, and turned to the study of Protestant theology. He became professor of ecclesiastical and dogmatic history at the Philipp University at Marburg on the Lahn. He is the author of Buddhism or Communism and Theology of Electricity: On the Encounter and Explanation of Theology and Science in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Its Thought and Life
Author: Ernst Benz
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Category: Social Science
With a combination of essay-length and short entries written by a team of leading religious experts, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy offers the most comprehensive guide to the cultural and intellectual world of Eastern Orthodox Christianity available in English today. An outstanding reference work providing the first English language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches Explores of the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Syriac churches Uniquely comprehensive, it is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative but accessible articles by a range of top international academics and Orthodox figures Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, hagiography, all alongside a large and generously detailed prosopography Structured alphabetically and topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words
Author: John Anthony McGuckin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Iconography is given to us not only through the Fathers of the Church, but also from the Apostles and Jesus Christ Himself. For example, when we paint Jesus as a human we paint Him only because we saw Him as a perfect human among us without sin (Baruch 3). Furthermore, we know that Jesus is more that the Logos. In fact, He is the icon of His Father "icon of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15), and "the refulgence of His glory, the very imprint of His being" (Heb. 1:3). Similarly we present God as the Elder, just like Daniel saw Him (Daniel 7); and the Holy Spirit like a dove and fiery tongues as It appeared during the Baptism of Jesus and at The Pentecost. As for the Theotokos, the saints, and angels we painted them not to worship them but to honor them. We do not pay any attention to the material of the icon but rather we honor the prototype that is painted on the wood, canvas or wall. We honor all of them in the spirit of the seventh Ecumenical Council which defined the honoring of the icons according to the Tradition of the Church, beginning with the first icon of Jesus that was painted without hands (mandilion icon) and the icons of the Theotokos and Peter and Paul painted by St Luke.
Eastern Orthodox Iconography
Author: D. H. Stamatis
Category: Christian saints
Living Icons presents an intimate portrait of holiness as exemplified in the lives and thoughts of ten people of faith in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In this inspiring volume, Michael P. Plekon introduces readers to a diverse and unusual group of men and women who strove to put the Gospel of Christ into action in their lives. The living icons Plekon describes were, among other things, priests, theologians, writers, and caregivers to the homeless and poor. One was an artist who became the greatest icon painter in this century; another was assassinated for his teachings in post-Soviet Russia. These remarkable people of faith lived through times of great suffering: forced emigration, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Many of them were criticized, if not condemned, by ecclesiastical opponents and authorities. yet each demonstrate a unique pattern for holiness, illustrating that the path to sainthood is open to all. With the fall of state socialism, Eastern Orthodox churches and monasteries are being reopened and receiving renewed interest from believers and nonbelievers alike. Plekon calls to our attention people like Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1832), a monk,
Persons of Faith in the Eastern Church
Author: Michael Plekon
The aim of this book is to demonstrate the presence in these very ancient Eastern Churches of religious images of all kinds (icons, paintings, illuminations), including the representation of Christ, together with the veneration (not the adoration) of icons/images. Presented here are not only the iconographic but also the liturgical and especially the Christological dimensions of the icon on the basis of texts used by these four traditions down the centuries. In contrast to the Byzantine Orthodox world, which after a controversy on this subject officially established the veneration of icons from the time of the Second Council of Nicaea (787) and in 843, these Churches did not experience Iconoclasm. Christine Chaillot is Swiss and Orthodox (Patriarchate of Constantinople). She has published several books on the Orthodox Churches and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
Syrian Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian Traditions
Author: Christine Chaillot
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
Author: Constantine Cavarnos
Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.
Author: Bruno Becchio,Johannes P. Schadé
Publisher: Foreign Media Group
A clear introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy and key aspects of the tradition. Now contains new articles and additional readings on Orthodoxy and evangelicalism.
A Contemporary Reader
Author: Daniel B. Clendenin
Publisher: Baker Academic
Part storybook, part textbook, part historical overview, Parade of Faith in ebook format presents the history of Christianity in riveting fashion. Ruth Tucker adopts the metaphor of a parade, journey, or pilgrimage to explore the history of Christianity, which began as the Messiah marched out of the pages of the Old Testament and will end one day when “the saints go marching in” to the New Jerusalem. The book is divided into two chronological groupings: first, the advent of Christianity until the German and Swiss Reformations; second, the Anabaptist movement and Catholic Reformation until the present-day worldwide expansion of the church. Yet, ultimately the topic matter is not movements, dates, or a stream of facts, but instead people—people who still have stories to tell other Christians. And with a little help from clues to their own contexts, they can still speak clearly today. This book is laid out systematically to showcase the biographies of such prominent figures within their historical settings. The pages are peppered with sidebars, historical “what if” questions, explorations of relevant topics for today, personal reflections, illustrations, and lists for further reading. Parade of Faith is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students and interested lay readers.
A Biographical History of the Christian Church
Author: Ruth A. Tucker
An introduction to the life of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from 312 up to the year 2000.
Author: John Binns
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dieser Band versammelt die religionskritischen Schriften Bertrand Russels, darunter die titelgebende Rede Warum ich kein Christ bin, Nette Leute und Was ich glaube. Seine Reden und Essays bleiben dabei nicht nur reine Meinungsäußerung, sondern widerlegen geistreich und unterhaltsam religiösen Irrglauben und liefern Argumente, die selbst orthodoxe Fanatiker ins Grübeln bringen sollten. In Was ich glaube wird der Humanismus des Mathematikers, Philosophen und Pazifisten Bertrand Russell deutlich. Denn wenn Gott keine Option ist, müssen plötzlich andere Antworten auf wichtige Fragen gefunden werden: Wie sollen wir leben? Hat das Leben einen Sinn? Kurzweilig und bestechend zeigt Russell, dass ein selbstbestimmtes Leben nur ohne Religion möglich ist und dass eine gute Tat, die nicht aus freien Stücken begangen wird, letztlich die höchste Form der Heuchelei ist. Russells Reden und Essays – aktueller denn je – werden in der modernen und greifbaren Übersetzung von Grete Osterwald endlich wieder zugänglich für unsere Zeit, in der im Namen von Religionen nicht weniger Leid angetan wird als noch vor hundert Jahren.
Author: Bertrand Russell
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
In the last decade, Eastern Orthodoxy has moved from being virtually unknown to Western Christians to being a significant presence on the religious scene in North America and Great Britain. In light of Orthodoxy's growing presence, this book will introduce Western Christians to the Eastern Orthodox vision of the Christian life by examining Orthodox theology and worship and will also alert readers to the cultural and historical factors that shape any interpretation of the Christian faith.
Author: Donald Fairbairn
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press