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Prohibition of Images
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[German Version]

Closely related to the commandment to worship and confess one God only (Monotheism and polytheism) as well as rejection of the veneration of images, the prohibition of images has left its mark on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – each in a different way – to this day. The biblical prohibition of images is neither a general ban on all art, nor is it a blanket prohibition of particular phenomena of the visible world. It does not reject mental images of God or figurative language bu…

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Uehlinger, Christoph, “Prohibition of Images”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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