Byzantine thinking about the nature of revelation had to contend with the appearance of the uncreated God in the concrete forms of the created world. That the Absolute could enter and be personally active in the relative conditions of time and space were beliefs derived, not from the schools of ancient philosophy, but from the religion of Israel and its sacred Scriptures.
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Originally published in The Art of Seeing: Paradox and Perception in Orthodox Iconography, St. Sebastian Orthodox Press, 2014. Republished here with thanks to the author and to Prof. Cutsinger’s website.