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.
Stephen Prickett is Regius Professor Emeritus of English, at the University of Glasgow and honorary Professor of English at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He has also taught at the Universities of Sussex, the Australian National University in Canberra, Duke University, and Baylor University, where he was Director of the Armstrong Browning Library. He has published one novel, nine monographs, seven edited volumes, and over ninety articles on Romanticism, Victorian Studies and literature and theology.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations List of Contributors
1. Introduction, Stephen Prickett
INSPIRATION AND THEORY 2. 'What has Athens to do with Jerusalem ?' The Biblical Chain-Gang, Stephen Prickett 3. Hebrew Aesthetics and Jewish Biblical Exegesis, Mordechai Z. Cohen 4. Migne's Achievement and the Modern Transmission of Ancient Manuscripts, Dan Williams 5. Augustine on Beauty: a Biblical Aesthetics, David Lyle Jeffrey 6. Sublimity and Resistance to Form in the Early Modern Bible, Anthony Ossa-Richardson 7. 'A Babel of Bibles': Aesthetics, Translation and Interpretation since 1885, Nicholas Bielby 8. Lest the Story be Lost: Biblical Fiction, David Dickinson 9. The Bible and Phenomenology, Kevin Hart
ART AND ARCHITECTURE 10. The Gospel of John in Early Christian Art, Robin Margaret Jensen 11. Images of Conflict: the art of Anti-Judaism in Fifth Century Rome, Geri Parlby 12. A Shared Tradition: The Decorated Pages of Medieval Bibles and Qur'ans, Vivian B. Mann 13. Speaking Pictures: Mediaeval Religious Art and its Viewers, Charles Moseley 14. The Iconography of the Cross as the Tree of Life, Christopher Irvine 15. Art and the Resurrection Narrative, Christopher Herbert 16. Covenants and Connections: the Sassetti Chapel at Santa Trinita, ChloŽ Reddaway 17. Who Framed Bathsheba? Vivianne Westbrook 18. The Fresco Decoration in the Sistine Chapel: Biblical Authority and the Church of Rome, Shirley Smith 19. The Materiality and Iconography of the Coverdale Bible (1535), Mark Rankin and Guido Latrť 20. Moses in Eighteenth Century Art, Nigel Aston 21. Blake: Text and Image, Christopher Rowland 22. The Angel in the Detail: Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass, Christopher Rogers 23. Framing the Vision: Biblical Imagery in the Work of Van Gogh, Daphne Lawson 24. Coventry Cathedral: Conception and Reality, Sarah Hosking
HYMNS 25. Hymns of the Wesleys, J.R. Watson 26. The Bible Interpreted by Hymns, Robin Gill
LITERATURE 27. The Art of Unveiling: Biblical Apocalypse, Christopher Burdon 28. The Divine Comedy as the Word of God, Patricia Erskine-Hill 29. The Mediaeval Bible as Literature, Alastair Minnis & Andrew Kraebel 30. Homer Writes Back: Rhetorical Art and Biblical Epic Justice in Paradise Lost, Book 1, Phillip Donnelly 31. Heart-Deep: The Psalms and George Herbert, Christopher Hodgkins 32. From Virtue to Goodness: Biblical Values in Victorian Literature, Jan-Melissa Schramm 33. The Mirror of the Law of Liberty: Reflecting the Hidden Christ in George Macdonald's Lilith, Bethany Bear 34. Images of the Creator/Creation from Frankenstein to Nietzsche, Norbert Lennartz 35. Eliot Among the Theologians, Jan Gorak 36. Imitatio Pilati et Christi in Modern Historical Drama, James Alexander.