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A practical overview and explanation of different things one would find in a church: architecture, design, artifacts, symbolism. Useful for anyone of any religious background who visits a church or cathedral.

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Genre: Architecture
Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher: Hidden Spring
Release: 2005
File: 246 Pages
ISBN-13: 1587680300

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"Churches and cathedrals play an essential part in our heritage. As community-centred places of worship and as important tourist attractions, they are visited by millions of people each year. But churches were originally built to be read, and so are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation. This book will unlock all the treasures they contain. Described by Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraphas 'a handy crash course in church literacy', the first edition of this unique and accessible guide to the common symbols and meanings in church art and architecture became a bestseller on first publication. Now this fascinating and lively book is available in a new illustrated edition. Over 100 stunning colour photographs represent the very best in church architecture - from paintings, fonts and altars, to pew ends, choir stalls and stained glass windows. It is the ultimate reference for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral from the significance of church layouts, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of details, to the use of colours and letters."

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Genre: Christian antiquities
Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2004
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781844132386

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Churches and cathedrals are visited by millions of tourists as well as worshippers each year. But many people do not realise that church buildings are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation. This handy guide will unlock all the treasures they contain. The stunning colour photographs show the very best in church art and architecture - from paintings, fonts and altars, to pew ends, choir stalls and stained glass windows, and the accessible text talks you through the significance of church features. It includes sections on: - The basics: imagery, themes and history - Church architecture, inside and out - Symbols, colours and words - Representations of God, Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary - Recognising Saints and Angels - Scenes from the Old Testament. It is the ultimate reference for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral from the significance of church layouts, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of small details.

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Genre: Christian art and symbolism
Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2007
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781846040733

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Genre: Church history
Author: Jean Comby
Publisher:
Release: 1985
File: 195 Pages
ISBN-13: 0824507223

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This fascinating introduction to early Christianity sets it in the broader context of the political, social, & economic developments in the wider world. Direct quotations from primary sources accompany the narrative.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jean Comby
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Release: 1985
File: 202 Pages
ISBN-13: IND:32000002870824

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This handy, easy-to-carry book provides the reader with a strictly visual approach to reading the architecture of churches. Covering all the ecclesiastical building types of Western Christianity, readers are taken on a journey tracing the development of the church building from the simple stone halls of the Anglo-Saxon period right through to the eclectic designs of the nineteenth century. Another addition to the bestselling How to Read series, How to Read Churches is a practical guide, showing readers how to search for architectural clues that tell hidden stories expressing the liturgical function and spiritual symbolism of a church building. The perfect companion to How to Read Buildings.

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Genre: Christian art and symbolism
Author: Denis R. McNamara
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
Release: 2011
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 1408128365

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Theological interpretation of the Bible is key to the health and vitality as well as the belief and practice of the church. Just how it is done has been the subject of much discussion and debate over the centuries. In Reading Scripture with the Church, four leading biblical scholars make the case for theological interpretation. Each author is given the opportunity to interact with the other three, and all four interact with premodern, modern, and postmodern approaches to biblical interpretation. This is an important book for pastors, teachers, and other serious students of the Bible who will be motivated to embrace the task of interpreting the Bible with greater energy, caution, and precision.

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Genre: Religion
Author: A. K. M. Adam
Publisher: Baker Academic
Release: 2006-10-01
File: 156 Pages
ISBN-13: 1441205942

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An absorbing survey of the history of the Christian church from A.D. 33 to the present, including a comprehensive section on the church in the United States and Canada. An ideal text for seondary schools and Bible institutes.

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Genre: Religion
Author: B. K. Kuiper
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 1988-06
File: 420 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802817777

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Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars and academics are by no means united in the question how these important but difficult authors should be read and interpreted. Many of them are divided by implicit (but often unquestioned) assumptions about the best way to approach the texts or by underlying hermeneutical questions about the norms, limits and opportunities of reading Ancient Christian writers. This book will raise profound hermeneutical questions surrounding the reading of the Fathers with greater clarity than it has been done before. The contributors to this volume are theologians and historians who have used contemporary post-modern approaches to illuminate the Ancien corpus of texts. The chapters discuss issues such as What makes a 'good' reading of a church Father? What constitutes a 'responsible' reading? Is the reading of the Fathers limited to a specialist audience? What can modern thinkers contribute to our reading of the Fathers?

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Genre: Religion
Author: Morwenna Ludlow
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release: 2011-04-28
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780567185815

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Beginning to Read the Church Fathers offers a first step into reading the actual writings of the Church Fathers. This volume is unique in that it is designed specifically for families, schools, and church communities based on years of experience teaching the Church Fathers to youth, young adults, and adults. Each of the ten primary reading selections open with five key questions to help guide the reader through the text. At the end of each selection, explanations are provided to the questions, bringing insights and connections to the reader in relationship to the text. These texts have been carefully selected in terms of their accessibility to the reader and cover a wide range of topics in the writings of the Church Fathers including prayer, fasting, worship, friendship, marriage, and wealth and poverty. This volume is ideal for those hoping to deepen their study of history and the Christian faith.

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Author: Mark Tarpley
Publisher:
Release: 2019-11-15
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 173422620X

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