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Christ, Representations of
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I. Terminology – II. History

I. Terminology

The writings of the New Testament contain no description of the external appearance of Jesus Christ. Patristic literature occasionally discusses the question of his appearance (beauty/ugliness) (Just. Dial. 14.8; 49.2; Clement of Alexandria, Paedagogus III 3.3; Stromata II 22.8; III 103.3; VI 151.3; Tert. carn. Chr. 9; Origen Cels. 6.75–77; Aug. Enarrationes in Ps 127:8), but usually raising christological or gnoseological questions, based on Isa 53:2f. a…

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Stock, Alex, “Christ, Representations of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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