EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM: NOTES ON BRAHM’S SELECTION OF BIBLICAL TEXTS

B C Lategan

Abstract


The influence of Biblical motifs on all forms of art – be it of a literary, musical or graphic nature – is one of the most fascinating subjects to explore.  There is hardly an artist of the Christian era whose work has not been influenced, positively or negatively, consciously or unconsciously, by some or other Biblical theme or symbol.  Sadly enough, the field of art is at the same time one of the most neglected areas in the formal curricula of Biblical Studies at our universities.  This situation exists despite the obvious advantages of including it in some of the courses offered.  Firstly, the various art forms supply illustration material of stimulating and high educational value.  Secondly, art offers a unique way to assess the impact of Biblical perspectives on reality and to study the hermeneutical process from a cultural angle.  For example, the portrayal of the Jesus figure throughout the history of painting offers just as interesting material for the understanding of his significance as the so-called quest for the historical Jesus.

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Art and the bible

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/1-0-1740

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