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The Materiality of God's Image: The Olympian Zeus and Ancient Christology

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0025
The Materiality of God's Image: The Olympian Zeus and Ancient Christology

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The issue is the representation of the invisible and immaterial god in the mode of a material image. In the new movement of Christian religion there is besides the polemic against cult-images also continuity in the framework of ancient religion. In regard to the relation between god (“father”) and man-god (“son”) the ancient theory on the relation between god and image is used as an argument for the Christology. But also in Christian ritual practice there is some continuity with the cult of the Greek gods. The chapter looks in particular at the influence of Pheidias’ statue of Zeus.

Keywords: Christianity; Christology; Zeus; Olympia; Pheidias

Chapter.  5475 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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