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Christ icons became the subject of the most dispute and, after the end of the image controversy at the turn of the 8th to the 9th century, the most important icon in the Orthodox Chruch.

Christ icons breaks new ground in that views and presents icons divided into different topic areas in a comprehensive framework for the first time.

From the time of the beginnings of icon painting through to the present day, Christ icons have never been presented in such self-contained and richly illustrated form.



by Karl Christian Felmy






8 7/16 x 11 in.

21,5 x 28 cm

192 pages

Over 170 illustrations,

mainly in colour




You shall not make for yourself a graven image ...

Depiction of God's incarnation

One of the Holy Trinity

The Redeemer surrounded by the heavenly powers

Bear in mind this Holy commandment and all that has happened on our behalf

Wonders and Parables

The suffering of Christ

Christ in the image panoply of the Orthodox Church

The image of the Mother of God as a Christ icon

The Divine Liturgy

Hymnal and didactic icons

Apocalyptical depictions

King of Kings. Political depictions

The gift of Eastern icons to the Western world



Karl Christian Felmy, Senior Professor of History and Eastern Christian Theology in Erlagen, was born 1938 in Liegnitz.

His professonal thesis "The interpretation of divine liturgy in Russian theology" and his introductory portrayal "Orthodox theology of the present" also include topics from the field of icon theology, as well as series of magazine essays and lectures at religious training centres in Rusia.