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The Second Commandment And "True Worship" In The Iconoclastic Controversy

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Perhaps the most important period in Church history, when an Old Testament text became the focal point of a theological debate was the Iconoclastic Controversy in 8th9th century Byzantium. This text is the Second Commandment, the negative counterpart of the First Commandment. This chapter presents a certain aspect of the Iconoclastic debate, namely, the interpretation of the correct approach to the divinity in the context of the Second Commandment, as a case study, revealing a fascinating interplay of arguments and texts from the New Testament, Patristic writers and classical philosophy that revolved around the Old Testament verse as around the hub of a wheel. Finally, the authors juxtapose several Scriptural citations from the Iconoclastic florilegium.

Keywords: Byzantium; Church history; classical philosophy; Iconoclastic Controversy; Iconoclastic debate; Iconoclastic florilegium; Old Testament; Patristic writers; Scriptural citations; Second Commandment



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