Title: Metamorphosis: The Transfiguration in Byzantine Theology And Iconography
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: St. Vladimirs Seminary Press October 2005
0881412953 / 9780881412956
Seller ID: 88629
Icons are an essential component of Orthodox faith and worship, and though much has been said about style and tradition (icons as depiction of Scripture), the theology of images (icons as interpretation of Scripture) is a rich subject not yet adequately presented in English. In Eastern Christian thought, icons and scriptures are not static objects. They are 'places of encounter' where man begins to experience God, in some measure reflecting the encounter at Mt.Tabor where the disciples saw Christ revealed as the Icon of God the Father. Metamorphosis examines the relationship between the biblical Transfiguration narrative, the theology of human transfiguration, and the icons used to reveal this theology. Byzantine, Hesychastic and Russian traditions emphasized different practical aspects of Christ's Tranfiguration, prompting changes in the detail of the icon over time. This book is part historical account of these changes, and part meditation on the mystery of the Transfiguration and its expression through history. A fifteen-page section of full-color plates of various Transfiguration icons accompanies the text.