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Images of Christ
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1. Theoretical Basis

The term “images of Christ” refers to the visual substitutes that art finds for the person of Jesus Christ (Jesus), which primarily and authentically has come down to us, and may be identified, only in verbal form. Since there are no original pictures of Christ and the NT tradition tells us nothing about the outward appearance of Jesus of Nazareth, all images of Christ are works of religious imagination. As such, the…

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Stock, Alex, “Images of Christ”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I65>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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