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Clothing the Body of Christ at Colossae: A Visual Construction of Identity

Canavan, Rosemary (2012) Clothing the Body of Christ at Colossae: A Visual Construction of Identity. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen. 247pp. ISBN 9783161517167

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Abstract

What we think of our bodies and what we wear says something about who we are and how we belong. This was the same in the ancient world. Rosemary Canavan explores the imagery of clothing and body in the first century CE Christian writing, the Letter to the Colossians. Through the use of this imagery in the letter, the writer critiques the way people understood themselves in a particular part of the Greco-Roman world in the Lycus Valley in south western Asia Minor (Turkey). An examination of statuary, funerary monuments and coins in this geographical location contemporaneous with the letters writing reveals how clothing and body images were understood. This is then placed in dialogue with the metaphorical use of clothing and body in other texts, especially the Letter to the Colossians. Social identity and rhetorical studies draw on archaeological, epigraphical, iconographical and literary sources to formulate a new approach to biblical interpretation aptly named visual exegesis.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Clothing, Christ, Colossae, Colossians, Body images
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 00:44
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1403

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