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Offline noahzarc1

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Icon Resource for Study
« on: April 22, 2019, 04:50:16 PM »
Is there a work anywhere that has studied icons? I would be particularly interested in the Coptic icons, but will also study any work on the topic. I had a chance to visit a wonderful Coptic Church will gone the last few weeks, and the icons were splendid to look it. I realized this week that the Icons are the one thing I have the least knowledge of at this point. I've heard some good sermons here and there over the last 5 years touching on the Icons, but by and large I realize there is a whole theology and story behind each one. I probably don't appreciate the Icons as much as I can because I don't understand them very much. Thank you. 
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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 05:17:12 PM »
The Standard textbook is "The Meaning of Icons" by Leonid Ouspensky. 

This book includes the theology of iconology with good quality reproductions.  Also the author includes copious quotes from the liturgy explaining the symbols etc. in his theological explanations.

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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 05:55:43 PM »
Ouspensky is major but some of his assertions are products of his time which have acquired a virtually dogmatic force in some modern orthodox apologetics.
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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019, 08:19:39 PM »
In addition to Ouspnsky, try The Icon : Window on the Kingdom / Michel Quenot.  ISBN:  0881410985.
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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 09:08:37 PM »
HG Bishop David wrote a short treatise on the spirituality of icons for a presentation at Macquarie University's first annual symposium on Coptic studies in 2003, though like most modern Coptic writings it is very eclectic in its sources, citing everyone from distinctly EO saints like Gregory Palamas to English poet (and Anglican cleric) John Donne. Still it provides an interesting perspective from a specifically Coptic perspective. If you want to read it, you can find it in PDF format here: http://www.orthodoxebooks.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/The%20Spirituality%20of%20Icons%20-%20HG%20Bishop%20Daniel.pdf

It's only about 20 pages.

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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2019, 04:50:48 AM »
HG Bishop David wrote a short treatise on the spirituality of icons for a presentation at Macquarie University's first annual symposium on Coptic studies in 2003, though like most modern Coptic writings it is very eclectic in its sources, citing everyone from distinctly EO saints like Gregory Palamas to English poet (and Anglican cleric) John Donne. Still it provides an interesting perspective from a specifically Coptic perspective. If you want to read it, you can find it in PDF format here: http://www.orthodoxebooks.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/The%20Spirituality%20of%20Icons%20-%20HG%20Bishop%20Daniel.pdf

It's only about 20 pages.
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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2019, 04:51:34 AM »
I will check out all the works mentioned above. Thank you. As I read, I am sure I will share more questions for those things I do not understand.
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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2019, 06:11:57 AM »
Apparently you can get the Juice or Power from a certain Icon.

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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2019, 07:08:24 AM »
What about the Iconoclasm? Didn't they once destroy the icons in revolt? …

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Re: Icon Resource for Study
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2019, 09:30:13 AM »
A book I liked is, "The Role of Images and the Veneration of Icons in the Oriental Orthodox Churches" by Christine Chaillot
. While not strictly theological, it gives a nice historical overview of iconography and use of images in the various Oriental Orthodox traditions.
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