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Imago Terrena and Imago Caelestis: The Earthly and the Heavenly Image

Catherine Conybeare

in Paulinus Noster

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240722
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600494 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240728.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Imago Terrena and Imago Caelestis: The Earthly and the Heavenly Image

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This chapter begins to explore the mechanics of how the spiritual is linked to the temporal in Paulinus’ thought. Paulinus’ descriptions of his building projects are imbued with symbolism; architecture and images serve as a starting point for spiritual meditation. Earthly images are inferior to spiritual reality – yet the spiritual is persistently expressed in figural language. The paradoxes of Christianity are thus more readily expressed; rich webs of imagistic association are established.

Keywords: building; figura; figural; image; imagistic; paradox; spiritual

Chapter.  8987 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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