Christ is God’s “Word and Icon.” God not only authors his definitive word by his Holy Spirit, he also fashions his image in the flesh of Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed, Jesus as his father’s “eikon” is the visible image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). For two millennia iconographers have tried to depict the uncreated, divine essence and energy of Christ—his living light, which permeates the cosmos, shining upon creation.
Word, image, and prayer are profoundly and dynamically interwoven. Contemplating them, we enter into a space where the heart and mind seek communion with God. This book invites us into a deeper truly open dialogue with Holy Scripture, aided by images, symbols, and prayer, for these elements are at the core of the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Eastern Churches.
Word and Icon is a unique combination of Scriptural readings, icons, prayers, patristic commentaries, and footnotes. Each page offers new insight into the Word of God by presenting selected passages and related icons. Word and Icon features Byzantium’s iconic heritage, richly illustrating Christ’s message as it resonates throughout both Testaments. The reader is invited to make prayerful connections between the words and the images, between the ideas and the experience of the good news.
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Word and Icon is an exemplary text for Christian readers of all ages, and especially for students. They will enjoy using Word and Icon as a support document in their Bible classes or at faith events and retreats. While this unique resource stimulates group discussion it also invites personal prayer. The strength of this book’s appeal is clear: Word and Icon reaches across Christian denominations. In this day of ecumenical dialogue, a well-prepared resource will attract a broad range of students and readers who seek alternate and vibrant representations of God’s Holy Word.
—The Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Great Britain
Pablo Argarate is professor and head of department at the Institute for Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Patristics at Graz University.