Images of Cosmology in Jewish and Byzantine Art

God’s Blueprint of Creation

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Does the design of the Tabernacle in the wilderness correspond to God’s blueprint of Creation? The Christian Topography, a sixth-century Byzantine Christian work, presents such a cosmology. Its theory is based on the “pattern” revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai when he was told to build the Tabernacle and its implements “after their pattern, which is being shown thee on the Mount.” (Exod. 25: 40). The book demonstrates, through texts and images, the motifs that link the Tabernacle and Creation. It traces the long chain of transmission that connects the Jewish and Christian traditions from Syria and ancient Israel to France and Spain from the first through the fourteenth century, revealing new models of interaction between Judaism and Christianity.
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Biographical Note

Shulamit Laderman, Ph.D. (2000) in Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a Lecturer in Jewish and General Art at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies . She has published extensively on Jewish and Christian mutual influences on visual illustration of the Bible.

Table of contents

1. Jewish and Christian Reciprocal Influences
2. The Blueprint of Creation in the Bible and Its Allegorical Interpretations
3. Creation in Christian Works
4. Creation as Interpreted in Jewish Art
5. Visualizing Creation in a Fourteenth-Century Jewish Manuscript
6. The Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant
7. The Temple: History and Ideology
8. The Synagogue as a Minor Temple
9. Schematic Models: Forms of Visual Interpretation
10. Imaging of the Tabernacle
11. The Art of Memory: The Sanctuary Its Sacrifices, and Its Cosmic Import
12. Christian Supersession of Jewish Ideas

Readership

Those interested in Christian supersession of Judaism,History of Ideas, Medieval and Byzantine art HIstory Jewish mysticism , Bible studies, as well as scholars of Hermeneutics, Theology, and Liturgy.

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