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The Invisible God : The Earliest Christians on Art - Paul Corby Finney

The Invisible God

The Earliest Christians on Art


Published: 1st July 1997
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This revisionist study challenges the received opinion that in its earliest manifestations Christianity was a form of religiosity opposed both on principle and in fact to the use of pictures. Paul Corby Finney argues that the well-known absence of Christian pictures before A.D. 200 is due to a complex interplay of social, economic, and political factors, and is not, as is commonly assumed, a result of an anti-image ideology. The book documents the origins of Christian art based on some of the oldest surviving Christian archaeological evidence, and it seeks to show how the Christian products conformed to the already-existing pagan types and models. This study will interest scholars and students in the fields of church history, ancient history, archaeology, art history, classics, and historical theology.

"This is a major book about a major topic....Clearly written, at times elegant and provocative....Finney's book was a pleasure to read and will be promptly recommended to my students."--The Journal of Religion

"This book is both learned and ground-breaking....Finney's work is an important contribution to the study of early Christian art history."--Bible Review

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
The History of Interpretationp. 3
Notesp. 11
The Apologists' Attack on Greek Art: History and Literaturep. 15
Notesp. 31
The Content of the Attack on Greek Artp. 39
Notesp. 59
The Emperor's Imagep. 69
Notesp. 88
Christianity Before 200: Invisibility and Adaptationp. 99
Are Bellori 3.29 and Wulff 1224 the Same Lamp?p. 132
Notesp. 135
The Earliest Christian Artp. 146
Painting in the Randanini and Torlonia Catacombsp. 247
Notesp. 263
Invisible Divinity and Visible Religionp. 275
Notesp. 293
Selected Bibliographyp. 299
Illustration Creditsp. 309
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780195113815
ISBN-10: 0195113810
Series: Earliest Christians on Art
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.65  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.59