The Cross Before Constantine : The Early Life of a Christian Symbol Paperback / softback
This book brings together, for the first time, the relevant material evidence demonstrating Christian use of the cross prior to Constantine.
Bruce W. Longenecker upends a longstanding consensus that the cross was not a Christian symbol until Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century.
Longenecker presents a wide variety of artifacts from across the Mediterranean basin that testify to the use of the cross as a visual symbol by some pre-Constantinian Christians.
Those artifacts interlock with literary witnesses from the same period to provide a consistent and robust portrait of the cross as a pre-Constantinian symbol of Christian devotion.
The material record of the pre-Constantinian period illustrates that Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith,- for an impressive number of Christians before Constantine's reign, the cross served as a visual symbol of commitment to a living deity in a dangerous world.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 244 pages
- Publisher: Fortress Press,U.S.
- Publication Date: 27/07/2015
- Category: Religious subjects depicted in art
- ISBN: 9781451490305
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