Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts

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The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts.

Edited by Stephen Prickett. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2014. Pp. xxxi, 576, with 32 unnumbered pages of plates. 150 [pounds sterling]/$250.

The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts is a visually engaging book. The front cover design, which is both "highly traditional and pleasantly quirky" (5), immediately captures the imagination and hints at the treasures in store, not least of which are the figures and plates interspersed throughout the text for reference and illustration. The central question posed in the book is not new but is one that continues to be asked: "What is--what should be--the relation between human creativity and the experience of the divine, the arts and the Word of God?" (11). This volume is a valuable resource for those wrestling with that question today.

This collection of essays "arranged thematically and as far as is practicable along historical lines" (5)--treating topics as diverse as Augustine on beauty, the decorated pages of medieval Bibles and Qurans, the Bible in nineteenth-century stained glass, and the Bible interpreted by hymns--provides fascinating insights from history and merits careful consideration in light of the renewed and exciting interest in the arts in church and mission today.

Stephen Prickett's introduction is essential reading before launching into the articles. At the outset he cautions that "over-familiarity with such words as the 'Bible' and the 'Arts' can easily lead to over simplistic thinking about both" (1). …

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