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The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries [Hardcover]

By Jaroslav Jan Pelikan (Author)
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Adapted from Pelikan's classic work "Jesus Through the Centuries", which was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the "Christian Science Monitor", this volume has condensed the original text and enhanced the book with more than 200 new illustrations, most in color, that give a new dimension to Pelikan's thoughts.

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This beautiful volume is adapted from Jaroslav Pelikan's classic work jesus Through the Centuries, which was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the Christian Science Monitor and as "a sweeping visual and conceptual panorama" by the New York Times Book Review. Pelikan, one of the most distinguished scholars of our era, has condensed the original text and enhanced the book with more than zoo new illustrations, most in color, that give a new dimension to his thoughts. His lively commentary that accompanies the illustrations provides fresh information on the art, architecture, individuals, and events that Jesus has inspired over the ages.

In this wise, informative, and sumptuously illustrated book, Pelikan discusses how each age created Jesus in its own image, discovering in his life and teachings the answers to fundamental questions of human existence and destiny. Studying the images of Jesus cherished by successive ages -- from rabbi in the first century to universal man in the Renaissance to liberator in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -- Pelikan suggests that the way a particular age depicted Jesus is an essential key to understanding that era.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries by Jaroslav Jan Pelikan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 106
  • Library Journal - 12/01/1997 page 100
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 79
  • Library Journal - 12/02/1997
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 81

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.86" Width: 9.08" Height: 0.96"
Weight:   3.14 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 23, 1997
Publisher   Yale University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0300072686  
ISBN13  9780300072686  

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More About Jaroslav Jan Pelikan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of, among other books, The Christian Tradition and Jesus Through the Centuries. His scholarly accomplishments have been recognized by medals and awards from many scholarly societies and institutions, by honorary degrees from universities all over the world, and by the Jefferson Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor conferred by the Federal Government on a scholar in the Humanities.

Jaroslav Jan Pelikan currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan was born in 1923.

Jaroslav Jan Pelikan has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Luther's Works (Concordia)

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Many faces, yet always the same  Jul 11, 2003
Jaroslav Pelikan, author of a great number of books, including Mary through the Centuries and a five-volume collection on the history of Christianity entitled The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, has produced in this volume a lavishly illustrated version of his previous book, Jesus through the Centuries.

In this volume, the original text has been condensed and hundreds of new illustrations have been added, to give a more visual representation of the way in which Jesus has been portrayed artistically through the two millennia of Christianity. Always one of the most popular figures in Eastern and Western art, Jesus has also been one of the most enigmatic and difficult to portray. `"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Do not be lead away by diverse and strange teachings" (Heb. 13:8-9). With these words the New Testament admonished its readers to remain loyal to the deposit of the authentic and authoritative tradition of Christ, as this had come down to them through the apostles of the first generation.... But for purposes of this book, it is the historical import of this phrase that must chiefly engage our attention. For, as will become evident in considerable detail before this history of images of Jesus through the centuries is finished, it is not sameness but kaleidoscopic variety that is its most conspicuous feature.'

Art has, of course, had many different purposes and intentions throughout history -- education, enlightenment, idealistic or realistic representation, and veneration, in addition to simple decoration. The changing imagery of Jesus reflects the changing culture; when Christ is seen as a more divine figure, or when Jesus is shown as completely human, the artist is reflecting the theology and sociology of the time.

One primary image of Jesus presented earliest was that of a rabbi, or teacher. In fact, even when Mary first sees the risen Christ, scripture reports that she called out to him, Rabbouni! Yet from the earliest representations, it was clear that this element was not sufficient for a full description, and that much more was needed. Prophet, priest, king, victim, divinity -- all had particular Jewish contexts which, when recast in the Hellenistic and pagan terms, took new meanings and directions.

One intriguing aspect of the artistic imagery of Jesus is the continuing pendulum swing between contemporary representation (making Jesus and the imagery surrounding him contemporary with the artist) and the more 'historically accurate' representations which try to recreate the imagery of first-century Jerusalem. This shows the continuing conceptual struggle between viewing Jesus as a timeless character whose life events continue through time and the historical human being of Jesus who lived two thousand years ago. Long before scholars banded together in such groups as 'The Jesus Seminar', artists and theologians were playing out their own interpretations of the historicity-vs.-timeless version of Jesus Christ.

This book is an opulent collection of photographs of paintings, drawings and other works of art that illustrate the meaning of the textual arguments Pelikan makes; it is also a wonderful source for contemplation, as one goes from early catacomb depictions to Michaelangelo to Marc Chagall, in reviewing in media without words the way Jesus has appeared to various people and cultures over time, and what insights these images can provide for seekers today.

Fascinating subject, badly expressed  Oct 8, 2001
Pelikan is an admirable scholar who has fine concepts behind his soundly reasoned books. Unfortunately, his writing style slows and disheartens the reader. He has a genius for taking fascinating subjects and reducing them to boredom.
An Intelligent and Inspiring Presentation  Jan 24, 2000
Jaroslav Pellikan, as usual, brings great scholarship and interdisciplinary background to his theological statements. This illustrated version to his celebrated Jesus through the Centuries invites the reader to reflect on the ways humanity through the centuries had understood the person and message of Jesus of Nazareth. Pellikan's original text is condensed to give way to magnificent works of art that reflects faithfully the christological views of theologians, and artists through time. Pellikan tries his best to use models from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant theologies. This is not a substitute to the original book, but it gives the reader an opportunity to reflect, through words and images, on how the person and message of Christ had been perceived throughout history.

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