Episode Twelve in the revised and expanded version of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now available. The episode is the first of thirteen episodes focused on the Gospel of St. Luke. Episode One is a general introduction to St. Luke, including history, language, canonical acceptance, intended audience, major themes, and starts discussion of the text with the first “annunciation,” in this case to Zacharias. The episode running time is just over 34 minute.
The episode is loaded with many of the examples of historic art added to our library in the last year. Few in the Western Church are aware that St. Luke is credited in the Eastern Church and among many Roman Catholics as the first icon-painter. The episode includes St. Luke Painting the Virgin Mary, a miniature illumination (less than 1″) in colored inks and gold on parchment with an elaborate floral border from The Gospels of Luke and John, a codex made in England in the 1st Quarter of the 16th C., from Ms. Royal 1 E V, Folio 3, British Library, London, England. The image is so small that I could not use it here. Instead, I offer another you, St. Luke Writing His Gospel, an illumination in tempera and gilt on vellum from the St. Augustine Gospels, begun in Italy (presumably Rome) in the 6th C. and completed in England after being given to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, by St. Gregory the Great. The original is at Cambridge, CCC Library Mss 286, Folio 129v. This version is in lower resolution for internet use. The version in the video is 300 dpi. Both versions have been modified with perspective correction technology.
There are a total of eleven images of St. Luke, three of Zacharias and Elizabeth, one of the Archangel Gabriel, one of the Blessed Virgin and Child, and one of John the Baptist (who will get more coverage in Episode Thirteen),
Episode Thirteen should be available next week. I am currently working on the script and slides for Episode Thirty-one, focused on the Gospel of St. John. The episodes on both St. Luke and St. John are the most changed from the original version. Across the entire series I have added more Scriptural quotations (to help make sure the context is complete), included more examples of Church art, and added internal cross-references to otherl episodes in the same topic is discussed, both in earlier and later episodes of the series. With rare exceptions, content remains in the same episode as the earlier version.
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