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The Novelty And Inescapability Of The Bible In Late Antiquity

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The Bible presented on the walls at Dura is an interpreted book reflecting the piety and practices of the community that had commissioned the paintings. The pictures of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the triumphal arch make this clear, for what is pictured in the mosaics in the nave finds fulfillment in the panels flanking the apse. The biblical story, as told by Jews and Christians, is marked by a series of paradigmatic events. The events depicted on the wall of the synagogue at Dura and in the basilica in Rome conceal as much as they depict. Heather?s prey, writes Lendon, ?is the idea?grown plump and wattled over the last 30 years?that there was a separate period of European history, Late Antiquity, nestled between the height of the Roman empire and the Middle Ages.?.

Keywords: Bible; late antiquity; Middle Ages; Roman empire



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