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Over the centuries, European debate about the nature and status of images of God and sacred figures has often upset the established order and shaken societies to their core. Out of this debate, an identifiable doctrine has emerged of the image in general and of the divine image in particular. This fascinating work concentrates on these historical arguments, from the period of Late Antiquity up to the great and classic defenses of images by St. John of Damascus and Theodore of Studion. Icon extends beyond the immediate concerns of religion, philosophy, aesthetics, history, and art, to engage them all.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. PART ONE Reflections in Classical Antiquity
  2. p. 11
  1. ONE The Biblical Prohibition of Images
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. TWO Antiquity I: The Animated Image
  2. pp. 23-48
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  1. THREE Antiquity II: Against the Images of Gods
  2. pp. 49-62
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  1. FOUR Resemblance: The Internal Development of the Concept
  2. pp. 63-91
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  1. PART TWO The Icon in Early Christian Thought
  2. p. 93
  1. FIVE Early Christian Apologists
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. SIX Tertullian
  2. pp. 108-126
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  1. SEVEN Origen
  2. pp. 127-140
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  1. EIGHT Eusebius
  2. pp. 141-157
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  1. NINE Dionysius Areopagita: "Poetic" Theology
  2. pp. 158-182
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  1. PART THREE The Doctrine of the Icon
  2. p. 183
  1. TEN In Defense of Images: John of Damascus
  2. pp. 185-253
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  1. ELEVEN The Icon and the Doctrine of Art: Theodore of Studion
  2. pp. 254-289
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 291-293
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 295-298
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