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Catéchèse par l’image chez les Chrétiens du Nil

Abstract : At the time when the reign of the image is considered masterfully and profoundly as patterns of lifestyle and way of thinking, the image of the faith which is the icon, becomes the criterion of truth. Each religion carries a vision from the beyond and what might represent the divine. In the Coptic Orthodox Church, the multiple paintings depicting the Christ were developed in monasteries and churches. The image always refers to the prototype and to the Christ himself as said Paul « The Son is the image of invisible God ». From the earliest centuries, the main goal of the holy picture is the evangelisation as shown by coptic icons photographed in Egypt or Ethiopia. From the fourth century, the commemorative pictures of biblical or historical events of the Churches of the Nile, play a significant role in the knowledge of Living Tradition in these churches.The portrait of Christ, Mary and all Saints are religious objects and ecclesiastical sacramentals. Their role is to get christians to the path of salvation. For the christians of the Nile valley, as for the christians of the other oriental churches, the image is considered as “a holy representation” and not as “ a sacred picture”. The origin of the egyptian and ethiopian monachism, inspired by Gospel, is the Christ's way of life. For Benoît the XVIth, the way of faith is a pastoral one : « There nothing more beautiful than being joined by the Gospel, by the Christ ». This is the reason why, egyptian and Ethiopia churches are following this way.
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Noëlle Hugo-Favot. Catéchèse par l’image chez les Chrétiens du Nil. Religions. Université de Lorraine, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019LORR0341⟩. ⟨tel-02942775⟩



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