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The Cross: Its History and Symbolism

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Beginning with legends and proceeding to history, this fascinating book explores the many facts, myths, and curious customs and superstitions connected with the well-known Christian symbol. In simple, direct language, it recounts the notable events and the stories of people whose lives are interwoven with the history of the cross. Numerous illustrations depict the variety of forms and uses of the cross as well as the symbols that appear upon many crosses. The text, written in a reverent spirit and a manner accessible to readers of every background, traces similarities and the significance of the cross’s symbolism in paintings, mosaics, and stained glass. 27 black-and-white illustrations.

Synopsis:

Facts, legends, customs, and superstitions related to Christianity's most prominent symbol appear in this unique book. It begins centuries before the Christian era, when crosses were pagan emblems, and traces their association with notable events and people. In simple, direct language, the author describes the cross's many forms and uses. 27 black-and-white illustrations.

Table of Contents

I. The Influence of the Cross

II. Ancient Crosses

III. The Pagan Cross

IV. The Christian Cross

V. A Legend of the Cross

VI. Constantine and the Cross

VII. Finding the Cross

VIII. Relics of the Cross

IX. The Evolution of the Cross

X. Wars of the Cross

XI. Medals, Coins and the Cross

XII. Forms of the Cross

XIII. Ecclesiastical Crosses

XIV. Outdoor Crosses

XV. Pendant Crosses

XVI. Amulets and the Cross

XVII. Symbols on the Cross

XVIII. The Sign of the Cross

XIX. Religious Art and the Cross

XX. Saints of the Cross

XXI. Martyrs of the Cross

XXII. Curious Uses of the Cross

XXIII. Unusual Crosses

XXIV. In Quest of Crosses

XXV. Christ and the Cross

XXVI. The Mysticism of the Cross

XXVII. The Meaning of the Cross

  Symbols Used on the Cross

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486440545
Author:
Benson, George Willard
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion - Church History
Subject:
Christianity - Ritual & Practice
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
Christian Rituals & Practice - General
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Western Philosophy
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 (16 plates)
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.69 pd

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Facts, legends, customs, and superstitions related to Christianity's most prominent symbol appear in this unique book. It begins centuries before the Christian era, when crosses were pagan emblems, and traces their association with notable events and people. In simple, direct language, the author describes the cross's many forms and uses. 27 black-and-white illustrations.

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