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The Cross

History, Art, and Controversy

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$35.00 • £25.00 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674088801

Publication: April 2017


280 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

63 color illustrations


Rich in artistic imagery and well researched in both Western as well as Eastern Christian traditions… This erudite history illuminates the social, cultural, as well as theological developments of the cross over time.Library Journal

An impeccable work on a sign that is both central to Christianity and immediately recognizable, meaningful, and sometimes controversial across the world. Jensen’s historical narrative is learned and lucid.—Robert Kiely, author of Blessed and Beautiful: Picturing the Saints

In Robin Jensen’s powerful, wide-ranging presentation, the central image of Christianity turns out to be an image of almost unimaginable complexity: a cosmic abstraction, a grim portrait of cruel suffering, a gem-studded token of triumphant authority, an idol to be smashed, a relic to be kissed, a charm to emboss on a Crusader’s shield, a tree of life, a paradoxical mystery. Jensen has searched out a vast and beautifully chosen variety of crosses, from Golgotha to Ground Zero, along with songs, poems, and long-lost rituals, to bring us a moving study of faith, both Christian and non-Christian, in its infinite variety.—Ingrid D. Rowland, author of Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic and From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town