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Painting the Text
The Artist as Biblical Interpreter
Martin O'Kane

In this masterly work, Martin O'Kane shows artists at work as readers of the Bible and not simply as illustrators of biblical scenes. The painter's eye commonly sees nuances and subtleties of plot and characterization in the biblical text that traditional biblical criticism has overlooked.

Focussing in fine detail on some well-known biblical themes--the deception of Isaac, the depiction of Isaiah's suffering servant, the visit of the Magi and the flight into Egypt, among others--O'Kane argues that modern readers need the artist's exegetical insight and engagement to fully appreciate the text.

Ranging widely over mediaeval, Renaissance and modern art, the author situates his work within the hermeneutical aesthetics of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Mieke Bal and Paolo Bernini. Some 30 images are reproduced in the text.

Martin OíKane is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies in the Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter and Director of the Centre for the Bible and the Visual Imagination.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 8
9781905048366 hardback / 9781906055929 paperback
Publication February 2007

Martin OíKane offers a nuanced and mature exploration of the interface between artistic interpretation and biblical interpretation Ö [He] explores the visual imagination while reminding the reader of the textís own resistance to the dimension of the visual and of the visualís tendency to fill in the gaps where the textual details become less clear. Peter Phillips, Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist.