Our Sacred Signs

Our Sacred Signs

How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw From the Same Source

Book - 2005
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"The art of the three Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - has a tangled, interwoven history. Symbols cross back and forth among the three faiths, adapting to reflect that faith's specific spiritual needs. Much of this symbolic language predates all of the Abrahamic faiths." "In Our Sacred Signs, Ori Soltes traces the interconnectedness of religious symbols such as the Star of David, which, it turns out, is not exclusive to Judaism at all. He shows that the various
depictions of Jesus on the cross recall an artistic tradition that is not unique to Christianity, and that religious architectural conventions as simple as the dome represent early pagan traditions that were adopted into the architecture of Abrahamic faith." "The narrative moves from the halls of museums to the holy sites of the three religions, tracing the millennia-long artistic trail of the world's sacred symbols. Soltes goes on to show how this tradition of art and religion didn't
disappear or even dissipate as the West moved toward secularization in the last three hundred years." "Religion functions as a means for us to communicate with the sacred realm, and Soltes illustrates how art has long been used as an instrument to take us where words cannot follow. Our Sacred Signs is a breathtaking and revelatory journey through human history, its gods, and its art."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Westview Press, c2005
ISBN: 081334297X (hc : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 704.948 SOL
Characteristics: xi, 275 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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