Study of the early Christian transfiguration wall painting in Shivta, Israel

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The Transfiguration constitutes one of the most important events in the New Testament. Yet, only few pre-iconoclastic examples of the Transfiguration scene have survived: S. Apollinaire in Classe, Ravenna, St. Catherine Monastery, Sinai and Poreć in Istria, each has its unique iconography. Therefore, scholars have concluded that the Transfiguration scene became widespread only after the iconoclastic controversy. We aim to show, that Transfiguration scene in Shivta, an early Byzantine settlement in the Negev desert, allows a glimpse into the early Christian iconography of the well-known scene, providing a missing link to its development in the post-iconoclastic period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-206
Number of pages12
JournalARAM periodical
Issue number1&2
StatePublished - 2019


  • Christian art and symbolism -- Eretz Israel
  • Christian art and symbolism -- Israel -- Negev -- History
  • Jesus -- Transfiguration
  • Mural painting and decoration -- Eretz Israel
  • Shivta (Extinct city) (Israel) -- Antiquities, Byzantine


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