*** DEBUG END ***
Important information: We are currently experiencing technical issues with the webiste and it is currently running with reduced functionality, some category pages may not contain a full list of articles and the search is not currently working. We apologise for the inconvenience and should have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Armenia: Art, religion, and trade in the Middle Ages, edited by Helen C. Evans

10 January 2020

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Portrait of St John the Evangelist from a Gospel Book from Isfahan, illumin­ated by Mesrop of Khizan. The illustration is from Armenia: Art, religion, and trade in the Middle Ages, edited by Helen C. Evans (Yale, £50 (Church Times Bookshop £45); 978-1-58839-660-0).

St John is seen dictating to Prochorus, customarily depicted as his scribe, in the cave at Patmos, represented by the dark, irregular outline. The Evangelist’s words are shown to be inspired from heaven.

In two full-page illustrations from an Armenian Bible, dated 1586, the artist Hakob of Julfa depicts the large figure of God. On the left-hand folio, God is giving a blessing to the four apocalyptic beasts of St John’s vision, which appear from behind the marginal frame. The right-hand illustration is explained in a caption: “it is the heavenly gate that God opened when he took pity upon us”

Sam Fogg/David BrunettiSam Fogg/David Brunetti

Church Times Bookshop

Save money on books reviewed or featured in the Church Times. To get your reader discount:

> Click on the “Church Times Bookshop” link at the end of the review.

> Call 0845 017 6965 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm).

The reader discount is valid for two months after the review publication date. E&OE

Forthcoming Events

29 September 2020
Festival of Preaching
A one-day online version of our popular preaching festival. With Mark Oakley, Sam Wells and Anna Carter Florence.   Book tickets


19 October 2020
Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar
In association with RSCM, this online event will explore creative uses music and liturgy in the context online and socially distanced worship.    Book tickets

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)