The Iconography of the Sacrifice of Isaac in Early Christian Art

  title={The Iconography of the Sacrifice of Isaac in Early Christian Art},
  author={Alison Smith},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={159 - 173}
  • Alison Smith
  • Published 1 April 1922
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
A NARRATIVE with such possibilities for instruction as that of the Sacrifice of Isaac was not to be neglected by the Church. Here was an instance of faith rewarded, a proof that souls trusting in divine mercy should have renewed and continued life, and an assurance that the course of safety lay in placing themselves in the hands of God. Ei enim qui fideliter sacrificat dies lucet, nox nulla est.1 The transcendent importance of the story, however, rested in the fact that as set forth in the… 

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