Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image
Hardbound with 41 color plates

This book reflects upon various dimensions and implications of the astounding fact that Christ shows us what it is to be God by the way he dies as a human being and, in so doing, simultaneously shows us what it is to be a human being. Connecting the end—“It is finished”—with the beginning—“Let us make a human being”

Fr John Behr challenges us to think again about who we are, as male and female, what we are called to become, and the relation between life and death in this journey. Presented in a poetic and meditative manner, adorned by images and offset quotations, this book inclines the reader towards a meditative reading, weighing, rather than skimming, each word and image.

The Very Rev. Dr John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Professor of Patristics, and the Editor of the Popular Patristics Series. He is also the author of The Way to Nicaea, The Nicene Faith and The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death, all available from SVS Press.

"In the Church we are still on the road to Emmaus," says Fr John Behr. This is just one of the many striking phrases in this short but far-sighted book. Fr John has the precious gift of expressing profound truths in simple language. I note in particular the way in which he envisages human nature in dynamic terms, not as something "given" once for all, but as an uncompleted project. I shall also remember what he says about death as a starting-point, not an end-point. The text is enhanced by the many illustrations: there is a skillful interplay between word and image. This is a book to read and re-read. ~Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia