Evangelicals often feel uneasy when they encounter the haunting images of Orthodox icons. From the theological to the practical, questions flood in: Why are the facial expressions so fixed? Why the colorful robes? What do the images symbolize? Do Orthodox Christians worship icons? Doesn't that make them idols? In this useful guidebook, Elizabeth Zelensky and Lela Gilbert debunk common misconceptions about Orthodox icons and explain how they might enrich the devotional lives of non-Orthodox Christians. Each chapter opens with biblical passages and engaging anecdotes and closes with excerpts from personal journals. The authors offer a detailed look at five specific icons, discussing the importance of the incarnation, the Trinity, and Christ's transfiguration to the Orthodox faith.
This approachable and engaging guide is perfect for those seeking to deepen or refresh their devotional lives.
Elizabeth Zelensky, a Russian Orthodox believer, lectures in history at Georgetown University. Lela Gilbert has written and coauthored numerous books, including Islam at the Crossroads and Their Blood Cries Out.
Introduction 1. Salvation in Words and Images 2. Andrei Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity 3. The Vladimir Theotokos 4. Theophanes' Transfiguration of Christ 5. The Dormition of the Virgin 6. The Sinai Pantocrator 7. The Church: Where God Dwells among Men Epilogue Notes