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Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. One of the world's leading theologians, he has written numerous critically acclaimed books, including Why God Won't Go Away: Engaging the New Atheism (2011), Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology (Wiley, 2011), and The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis (Wiley, 2013). He is also the author of some of the most widely used theology textbooks, including the bestselling Christian Theology: An Introduction now in its fifth edition (Wiley, 2010), Historical Theology: An Introduction 2 nd edition (Wiley, 2012), and Theology: The Basics 3 rd edition (Wiley, 2011).
List of Illustrations and Maps
1.1 The angel Gabriel declaring to Mary that she is to bear the savior of the world, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti; this incident is related early in Luke's gospel. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Ecce Ancilla Domini ( The Annunciation ), 1850. Oil on canvas, mounted on wood, 72×42cm. Source: Erich Lessing/AKG Images. 1.2 The birth of Christ, as depicted by Fra Angelico in a mural in the monastery of San Marco, Florence, between 1437 and 1445. Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (1387-1455) and workshop, Birth of Christ, with the Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Peter the Martyr (1437-1445). Fresco, 193×164cm. Florence, S. Marco, upper storey, dormitory, cell No.5 (east corridor). Source: Rabatti-Domingie/AKG Images. 1.3 Jesus of Nazareth calling Peter and Andrew by the Sea of Galilee (1481), by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi) (1449-1494), The Calling of SS. Peter and Andrew , 1481. Fresco. Source: Vatican Museums and Galleries/Bridgeman Art Library. 1.4 The Galilean ministry of Jesus (map). 1.5 Piero della Francesca's depiction of the resurrection of Christ, c. 1460-1464. Piero della Francesca (c. 1410/20-1492), The Resurrection of Christ (c. 1460-1464). Fresco (removed), 225×200cm. Sansepolcro, Pinacoteca Comunale. Source: Rabatti-Domingie/AKG Images. 2.1 The route of Israel's exodus from Egypt and conquest of Canaan (map). 2.2 The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the greatest wonders of the Ancient World; after Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, c. 1700. Source: AKG Images. 2.3 The gospel of Mark: a manuscript illumination from the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698-700. Manuscript illumination, Irish-Northumbrian, c. 698/700. Mark the Evangelist. From the Lindisfarne Gospels, written and illuminated by Bishop Eadfrith in Lindisfarne monastery. Source: British Library/AKG Images. 2.4 The frontispiece to the King James Bible of 1611, widely regarded as the most influential English translation of the Bible. The Holy Bible , published by Robert Barker, 1611. Source: Alamy. 3.1 One of the most famous attempts to represent the Trinity: Andrei Rubljov's icon of 1411, depicting the three angels with Abraham, widely interpreted as an analogue of the Trinity. Illustration: Rubljov, Andrei c. 1360/70-1427/30, The Holy Trinity ( The Three Angels with Abraham ) (1411). Icon painting. Moscow, Tretjakov Gallery. Source: AKG Images. 3.2 William Blake's watercolor "The Ancient of Days" (c. 1821), depicting God in the act of creating the world. Blake, William (1757-1827), "The Ancient of Days," frontispiece of Europe: A Prophecy (c. 1821). Relief etching, pen, and watercolor. Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK. Source: Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge/Bridgeman Art Library. 3.3 Michelangelo's fresco The Creation of Adam (1511-1512) from the Sistine Chapel, Rome. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). Fresco, 280×570cm. Rome, Vatican, Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel), 4th image. Source: Erich Lessing/AKG Images. 3.4 Karl Barth (1886-1968). Source: Ullstein Bild/AKG Images. 3.5 Mosaic depicting Jesus Christ, in the Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, c. 1260. Istan