B730 The Bible & Visual Art

Examines the role of images within the Old and New Testaments as well as the history of Christian and Jewish representations of biblical texts through the medium of visual art. Beginning with the ancient Jewish frescoes in the Dura Europos synagogue and ending with the modern art masterpiece of Notre-Dame de Toute Gr�ce du Plateau d’Assy, this course will analyze selected works of art that crystallize different modes of biblical interpretation and consider various theological frameworks that undergird these depictions of biblical texts. Students will learn how to interpret Jewish and Christian art and will develop a theological perspective on the use of biblical-themed visual art in the contemporary Church.

Examines the role of images within the Old and New Testaments, as well as the history of Christian and Jewish visual representations of biblical texts. Analyzes selected images that crystallize different theologies of images and modes of biblical interpretation. Considers various theological and hermeneutical frameworks that undergird these images. Students will learn how to interpret Jewish and Christian art and will develop a theological perspective on the use of visual art in the contemporary Church.

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