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Christmas without borders

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21 December 2012

A new book tells the nativity story, using images by artist and iconographers down the ages and around the globe

Visitations: The Annunciation, icon from the Peribleptos Church (St Clement), early 14th century, National Museum, Ohrid, Macedonia

Visitations: The Annunciation, icon from the Peribleptos Church (St Clement), early 14th century, National Museum, Ohrid, Macedonia

IN A King James Christmas, passages from the Authorised Version, selected by Michael Fitzgerald, tell the story of the birth of Jesus, providing a familiar spine to a text that is meant to be read aloud. The artist Catherine Schuon has chosen images to illustrate the text, including some of her own. They are drawn from a wide range of countries, including Italy, Spain, the UK, Greece, and Ethiopia, and lend an international flavour to the story.

But the book is not simply a Christmas title. It takes the story beyond the infancy: parts two and three look at the childhood of Christ, and his teachings respectively.

A King James Christmas: Biblical selections with illustrations from around the world, edited by Catherine Schuon and Michael Fitzgerald, is published by Wisdom Tales at £12.99 (Church Times Bookshop £11.69); 978-1-937786-03-8.

All images used by kind permission of Wisdom Tales.

 

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