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By David R. Cartlidge, J. Keith Elliot

The Christian canon of scripture, referred to as the hot testomony, excluded a few of the Church's conventional tales approximately its origins. even though no longer within the Bible, those well known tales have had a robust impact at the Church's traditions and theology, and a very marked influence on visible representations of Christian trust. This booklet presents a lucid advent to the connection among the apocryphal texts and the work, mosaics, and sculpture within which they're usually paralleled, and which were so major in transmitting those non-Biblical tales to generations of churchgoers.

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A); (14) the Virgin is presented to the priests; (15) Anna's hymn of joy; (16) the presentation of the Virgin to the temple for service; (17) Mary is fed by an angel while she is serving in the temple; (18) the Handing Over, or, Marriage of Joseph and Mary. A The months passed, and the child grew. ' And they did so until they had gone up to the temple of the Lord. ' And he placed her on the third step of the altar, and the Lord God put grace upon her and she danced with her feet, and the whole house of Israel loved her.

She is the truly loved child. Unexpected, a miraculous joy to her parents, their caressing of her becomes a favorite image, as does her suckling at Anna's breast. Depictions of her departure from her parents to become a servant of the temple are, in the hands of great artists, symbols of the pathos between parent and child when there comes the inevitable separation from a child as she grows up. Albrecht Durer demonstrates this pathos beautifully. 11] In a woodcut from his 'Life of the Virgin,' the child, with hair unbound, climbs the high staircase to the temple where the priests await her.

3} and a controversial image which may be either the 'Handing Over of the Virgin (Marriage Procession)' or a 'Procession of Temple Virgins' (at the time that Mary enters service in the temple)l1 [Figure 2 A}. 13 This church's decoration, also of the fourteenth century, is in mosaic, and it stands as one of the great masterpieces of the so-called Paleo logan Renaissance. 14 The images at the Kariye Djami are excellent examples of the Byzantine (Eastern) cycle of the Life of the Virgin. They include the famous story which describes the choice of a suitor for the Virgin (after she has come of age).

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