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Script in Christian Art
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The use of Hebrew script in Christian plastic arts is a distinct case of written signs being embedded into representational or figurative images. The majority of the intended viewers of Christian art cannot read Hebrew. The primary methods of artists illiterate in Hebrew were to imitate or copy the foreign writing. The imitations vary from a scribble and letter-like strokes or patterns to signs simulating non-Latin, mainly oriental scripts, to shapes resembling some Hebrew characters. Authentic …

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Rodov, Ilia, “Script in Christian Art”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000707>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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