Tuesday, September 28, 2004
A picture named illustratedJesusThroughTheCenturies-thumb.jpg I went searching for this book because of a reference to it from Brennan Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel, and was delighted to find in our local library a later edition, expanded by the inclusion of several hundred works of art. This fascinating book by Jaroslaw Pelikan describes 18 varied perceptions of Jesus through many ages and cultures: the King of Kings, the Monk Who Rules the World, the Son of Man, the Poet of the Spirit, the Liberator, and others. The classic artwork alone is enough to recommend the book, but the exposition is comprehensive and insightful, and provides a wealth of material for reflection on Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matt.16.15)
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