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Visual Exegesis: Interpreting Text in Dialogue with its Visual Context

Canavan, Rosemary (2015) Visual Exegesis: Interpreting Text in Dialogue with its Visual Context. Colloquium, 47 (1). pp. 141-151. ISSN 0588-3237

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Abstract

The term “visual exegesis” has been adopted by the world of art to mean, in its broadest sense, the exegesis or interpretation of an image or picture. This mode of interpretation involves both analysis of the discrete units of the image as well as a synthesis of its meaning. Art historians engage this term for images that interpret text, especially sacred text, such as illustrated manuscripts. More recently it is applied to interpretation of the biblical text in dialogue
with its visual context. The terminology of “visual exegesis” sits easily amongst a growing compendium of biblical exegetical methods. How does it sit, though, with the method in the art world? In investigating how visual exegesis of the biblical text and its visual context operates I hope to further the conversations that will allow this terminology to encompass all that it
refers to and yet also be sufficiently detailed in discrete areas of application.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: visual exegesis, Colossians, Socio-Rhetorical Analytic
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: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Rosemary Canavan
Date Deposited: 02 May 2016 01:25
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 01:25
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1907

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