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Paul's Visual Piety: The Metamorphosis of the Beholder

J. M. F. Heath


This chapter gives a brief account of the occasion for, character, and significance of a study of Paul's visual piety, introducing issues to be explored in the rest of Part One. It emphasizes that this book is not chiefly about art, icons, or liturgy, but about visual practices of piety customary in everyday life, and how they transform the beholder. Since the 1970s, the significance of visuality broadly understood has been widely recognized in the humanities, but Biblical Studies has largely manifested a disciplinary blind-spot towards the visual; of this, the reception of Paul has been both ... More

Keywords: visual practice, visual piety, visual studies, Paul, image, 2 Corinthians 3:18

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. M. F. Heath, author
Lecturer in New Testament, University of Durham