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Theology

Catherine Hezser

Bild und Kontext

Jüdische und christliche Ikonographie der Spätantike

[Image and Context. Jewish and Christian Iconography in Late Antiquity.]

2018. VII, 213 pages.

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Catherine Hezser shows that late antique Jewish and Christian art was in constant dialogue with each other's artistic expressions and theological views.
Catherine Hezser shows that late antique Jewish and Christian art was in constant dialogue with each other's artistic expressions and theological views. In late antiquity, new artistic expressions developed that disregarded the biblical injunction against figural representation and even adopted and integrated mythological motifs. This new iconographic language is analysed comparatively here in the context of late Roman and early Byzantine history and culture. Separate chapters are devoted to exegetical, mythological, and identity-building motifs. The comparison reveals interesting connections and differences in artistic expression, symbolism, and theology. In both Judaism and Christianity, art served to build and maintain group identity on the basis of the shared biblical heritage and in the context of Graeco-Roman culture.
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Catherine Hezser 1986 Promotion in Ev. Theologie in Heidelberg mit Schwerpunkt Neues Testament; 1992 Promotion in Jewish Studies am Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; 1997 Habilitation an der FU Berlin; seit 2005 Professorin für Jewish Studies an der School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) der University of London.
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