The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries - Pelikan, Jaroslav - Yale University Press
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The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries

  • Jaroslav Pelikan
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Winner of the 1998 Theologos Award for Best Academic Book given by the Association of Theological Booksellers

This beautiful volume is adapted from Jaroslav Pelikan’s classic work Jesus Through the Centuries, which was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the Christian Science Monitor and as "a sweeping visual and conceptual panorama" by the New York Times Book Review. Pelikan, one of the most distinguished scholars of our era, has condensed the original text and enhanced the book with more than 200 new illustrations, most in color, that give a new dimension to his thoughts. His lively commentary that accompanies the illustrations provides fresh information on the art, architecture, individuals, and events that Jesus has inspired over the ages. In this wise, informative, and sumptuously illustrated book, Pelikan discusses how each age created Jesus in its own image, discovering in his life and teachings the answers to fundamental questions of human existence and destiny. Studying the images of Jesus cherished by successive ages—from rabbi in the first century to universal man in the Renaissance to liberator in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—Pelikan suggests that the way a particular age depicted Jesus is an essential key to understanding that era. Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, widely acknowledged as the foremost history of its kind, and, more recently, Mary Through the Centuries. He has received honorary degrees from universities all over the world, as well as medals and awards from many scholarly societies and institutions, including the Jefferson Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on a scholar in the humanities. He is immediate past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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