After repeated delays for technical reasons, Episode One in the revised AIC Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, is now available in both video and podcast version. The new version is the third to be produced. The first was a series of live videocasts from my former parish. The second edition was introduced in A.D. 2015 after my retirement from pulpit ministry at Epiphany A.D. 2014.
Version Three includes many improvements, including a revised format more consistent with the style of the more recent AIC videos; many more examples of historic art from the 6th through the 20th C. from archives which have been digitized for wider audiences; and more direct quotations of Scripture, especially in the episodes on the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, which were the earliest in the series presented in a different format than later episodes. The series retains the original focus on teaching for the Laity and the informal style of presentation.
Among the examples of historic art included in Episode One is Luke Writing His Gospel, an illumination in tempera and gold on parchment produced in the region of Constantinople in the late 11th to early 12th C. I applied perspective correction to the original image from Ms Harley 5785, Folio 187v, British Library, London, England. Our archive now includes nearly a thousand such images from libraries, museums, churches, and government archives in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and the United States. These historic images are both beautiful and instructive on the spiritual message in the scenes depicted. I have included works in nearly every artistic medium, including icons, frescos, mosaics, oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and engravings. All examples which have been modified for correction of perspective and other flaws with the objective of presenting a finished work more like its original shape are so identified in the credit lines. Examples from many libraries and other sources can only be used for non-commerical purposes. I have removed the links to all video and podcast versions of the earlier series.
The text and slides for Episode Two through Episode Sixteen, the latter including material from the opening chapters of the Gospel of St. Luke, have been completed. Each needs to be converted into video form, which is a multi-step and time-consuming process, but I hope to release one episode per week throughout 2019 A.D. until all 45 episodes in the series are complete. Things that can upset the schedule include the temptation to go back into finished work to add historic art more recently discovered.
As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!