Picturing the Bible explores the origins and emergence of Christian art from its very beginnings in the 3rd century A.D., when Christianity was an outlawed, clandestine faith, through the 4th and 5th centuries, which saw it rise to become the state religion of the Roman Empire. What images did the early Christians use to express their faith? Were they the first believers to part with Mosaic law by creating “graven images”? What Jewish and pagan sources did they look to for inspiration, and what new meanings did they invest these subjects with? When did they begin to depict the life of Jesus? This beautifully illustrated book addresses these and other questions both through new discoveries and a reassessment of older evidence.
328 pages, 52 b/w and 251 color illustrations, 9 x 12 in.