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The Brescia Casket, an exquisite ivory box from the beginning of the fifth century A.D., with over fifty biblical images (and some of the earliest of Passion of Christ), has received continued scholarly attention. Recent attempts have sought to define a program for its iconography based on doctrinal concerns of the era, or biblical typology. In contrast, this study argues that an interpretation of the Ivory’s images should take into consideration how early Christian preachers went about connecting various biblical narratives for pastoral and exegetical purposes. When such a hermeneutic is ascertained, the Casket’s iconography reveals a decidedly moral thrust, and suggests that the Casket may have been constructed to be either an alms box or a container for the distribution of pecuniary gifts to the poor.

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Patrick Bayens
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Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Greek, Liturgy, and Humanities at Concordia College--New York (Bronxville, NY); Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Marquette University), M.A. in Art History (University of Kentucky), M.Div. (Concordia Theological Seminary). Ordained member of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.

Publish Date  August 04, 2009

Dimensions  Pocket  142 pgs   Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper)

Category  Religion & Spirituality

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