Bede, iconoclasm and the Temple of Solomon

Darby, Peter (2013) Bede, iconoclasm and the Temple of Solomon. Early Medieval Europe, 21 (4). pp. 390-421. ISSN 1468-0254

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In Bede's lifetime (c. 673–735) the churches at Wearmouth-Jarrow were richly decorated with panel paintings from Rome. This essay examines the significance that those paintings held for Bede and his community, and it reveals the strategies that Bede employed to defend them in his commentary on the Temple of Solomon (De templo), which was written after images had become a contentious issue in Byzantium during the reign of Emperor Leo III (714–741). This has important implications for our understanding of Bede's place in the intellectual landscape of early-eighth-century Europe and it shows the ambitious nature and topical relevance of his mature exegetical programme.

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Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Darby, P. (2013), Bede, iconoclasm and the Temple of Solomon. Early Medieval Europe, 21: 390–421. doi: 10.1111/emed.12024, which has been published in final form at:
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
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Depositing User: Darby, Peter
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2015 15:30
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:18

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