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St Theodore the Studite's Defence of the Icons: Theology and Philosophy in Ninth-Century Byzantium

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen


This book is an investigation of the icon theology of St Theodore the Studite, mainly as it is presented in his three refutations of the iconoclasts, even if some passages from his letters are also brought into the picture. The book fills a gap in scholarly literature since, even though treated by some scholars, his doctrine of the icon has never been the subject of such an extensive or in-depth investigation before. In addition to the main elements of his defence of the icon, like the Christological issue, the relation between image and prototype, the question of veneration, his explanation o ... More

Keywords: icon theology, image and prototype, veneration of icons, true image, Christianity as a religion using images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo