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The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts

ISBN: 9780748639335 | 0748639330
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Pub. Date: 3/28/2014

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Presents original and authoritative assessments of the changing relationship between the Bible and the arts

In this unique Companion, 35 scholars, from world-famous to just beginning, explore the role of the Bible in art and of artistic motifs in the Bible. The specially commissioned chapters demonstrate that just as the arts have portrayed biblical stories in a variety of ways and media over the centuries, so what we call 'the' Bible is not actually a single entity but has been composed of fiercely contested translations of texts in many languages, whose selection has depended historically on a variety of cultural pressures, theological, social, and, not least, aesthetic.

Divided into 3 sections, Inspiration and Theory, Art and Architecture, and Literature, this generously illustrated collection includes a wide spectrum of thoughtful essays on aesthetic interpretations of specific biblical books; of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles as a whole; the transmission of biblical texts; various bindings and illustrations of Bibles - in response to pressures as diverse as Islamic craftsmanship and the English Reformation; as well as biblical influences on poetry, painting, church architecture, decoration, and stained glass; on poetry, hymns, novels, plays, and fantasy literature from the earliest days of the Christian era to the present.


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