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The Art of Listening in the Early Church$
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Carol Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641437

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641437.001.0001

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Images and Echoes

Images and Echoes

(p.61) 3 Images and Echoes
The Art of Listening in the Early Church

Carol Harrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers theological reflection on the image of God in human beings, impressed by the Word of God before the Fall, and spoken in God's corporeal revelations/Word as a means of restoring it after the Fall, by impressing it anew on the mind of the listener. It shows that the classical understanding of listening as the impression of an image upon the mind of the listener, recorded and stored by the memory for future representation, is deeply influential in this early Christian theology of the image. It reinforces the idea that listening to God's Word was believed to have the power to transform the listener.

Keywords:   image, memory, impression, Fall, reformation, representation, inner word

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