Circles of Thorns: Hieronymus Bosch and Being Human (Mowbray Lent Book)

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Unlike Bosch's better-known, fantastical, 'proto-surrealist' paintings, Christ Mocked is small, still and sombre, and yet, with a little effort of knowledge and interpretation, it reveals a depth of understanding of both the Passion, and of human nature, that speaks as much to the twenty-first century as it did to the sixteenth.

By exploring the political, scientific, psychological and devotional world of early modern Europe, and applying those insights to our own time, the author shows how Bosch used his sophisticated artistic skills to convey a similarly sophisticated understanding of humanity. In Christ Mocked -- a painting "500 years old but passionately modern" -- Christ's Passion is so portrayed as to make us reassess the cosmic significance of Christ's death, and its profound implications for what we think it means to be human.

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Justin Lewis-Anthony is Rector of St Stephen's Church, Canterbury, and Associate Lecturer in the European Cultures and Languages Section of the University of Kent at Canterbury. Formerly Precentor of Christ Church, Oxford, he has lectured, and led retreats, on film, popular culture and theology, and pastoralia in Canterbury, Oxford, Salisbury, London, Exeter, Chelmsford, St Albans, St Deiniol's Library, and North America.

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"A many-layered analysis" - Catholic Herald

"This is a very good extended meditation on a specific moment in the Passion story; it is also a good example of the quality of patient, intelligent attention that is (or should be) much more fostered that it has been of late in Christian spirituality." - Church Times

'A gripping book which affirms the validity of the Passion to both the 16th and the 21st centuries as well as illustrating unchanging human nature.' Methodist Recorder, February 2009

Edited extracts in Church Times

"A heartfelt book about what it means to be fully human ... The reader is caught up into the painting's political message which is revealed as supremely modern." The Tablet, March 2009

"A fascinating and rewarding book." Baptist Times, February 2009

Mention in author's Church Times article, 'Trapped in temperament', 20 March 2009.

Mention in author's Church Times article, 'The flesh the Word took', 27 March 2009.

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