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God and Mystery in WordsExperience through Metaphor and Drama$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231836.001.0001

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Verbal and Visual Images

Verbal and Visual Images

(p.110) 4 Verbal and Visual Images
God and Mystery in Words

David Brown (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that the preacher's words have the capacity to act just as sacramentally as any image: to draw the listener into an experience of the God who is always present and ready to address us, whenever opportunity presents itself. It examines the positive sacramental side of preaching, then offers a comparison with the earlier, largely but by no means exclusively monastic tradition of illuminated books. Finally, it provides some assessment of the relative likelihood of either verbal or visual degenerating into idolatry.

Keywords:   worship, preaching, sacrament, visual arts, idolatry, illuminated books

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