Bible Study Videos – Episode Fifteen


Christ-Baptism-Hitda Codex-Folio3aEpisode Fifteen in the revised and expanded version of our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now online in video and podcast versions.  Topics are St. Luke’s unique boyhood narrative and the baptism of Christ.  There are 10 illustrations from the 11th, 12th, 16th, 19th and early 20th C.  I’ve chosen the oldest, an Ottonian-era illumination of the Baptism of Christ from the Hitda Codex, named for the Abbess of Meschede, Germany and made circa 1020 A.D. in the Cologne region.   It includes imaginative coloration and decoration, with a starry sky, a fish-filled river Jordan, and a heaven-sent dove.  I hope a viewer can tell me what the recumbent figure at lower right represents.  The original is in the Hessische Landesbibliotek, Darmstadt, Germany, but this version came from the Yorck Project’s 10,000 Masterworks DVD.

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Episode Sixteen in this series should be available next week.  The slides and text are complete but there is, as yet, no soundtrack.

I am currently working on Episode Thirty-five, the last in a series of 7 episodes on the I Am declarations in the Gospel of John.  I have found some great illustrations for the rebuilding of the episodes on St. John’s Gospel.

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Bible Study Videos: Episode Fourteen

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Luke the Evangelist with his traditional symbol, the Ox, an illumination strongly influenced by the Byzantine-style, from THE GOSPELS OF OTTO III, made at the Benedictine Monastery on Reichenau Island, Lake Constance, Southern Germany, in the mid-11th C. The original is at the Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany.  Public Domain (Yorck Project: 10,000 Masterworks).

Episode Fourteen is the 3rd in the New Testament: Gospels Bible Study Video series to be focused on the Gospel of St. Luke.  Topics include more on the Nativity, with special emphasis on the third angelic “annunciation,” this time to the shepherds; the last 2 of 4 unique songs in the Gospel of St. Luke, the Magnificat and the Nunc dimittis; plus the prophecies of Simeon and Anna.  The episode includes 8 illuminations in colors and gold on parchment from the 11th C. and 3 from the 13th C.; 2 frescoes from the 13th C. and one from the 14th C.; a spectacular mosaic of the Holy Family registering according to the decree of Quirinius from the 1st Qtr, 14th C. near Constantinople/Istanbul; 1 enamel from the 15th C.; 1 oil on canvas from the 15th C; and 2 watercolors from the 19th C.  Nearly all of these are not widely-seen.  They were found in recently-digitized collections in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and Asia Minor.  I hope viewers enjoy seeing these inspiring works of faith as much as I have enjoyed searching archives to find appropriate images and help them into public view on the Web.

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It was difficult to decide which illustration to include in this Blog posting,  The one which really sums up the concept of “behold” as used by St. Luke is from the Gospels of Otto III, one of the Holy Roman Emperors who followed in the line of Charlemagne, crowned HRE at Rome in 800 A.D.  I used it in a blog posting in June A.D. 2018.  The work was painted at the Reichenau monastery, Reichenau, Germany, the same facility where the Bamberg Apocalypse was made between 1000 and 1020 A.D.  Everything the reader/viewer should “behold” flows fantastically above St. Luke’s head in nearly every color imaginable, but especially red and yellow.  The original is at the Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany.  This image came from the Yorck Project: 10,000 Masterworks, made available on a DVD in the early 21st C.

Meanwhile I have been continuing to work on Episode Thirty-two and Episode Thirty-three, on the Gospel of St. John.  My wife, Corkie, and I did take time off to celebrate our 47th anniversary with a trip to Roanoke and Lexington, VA.  We paid homage to Roanoke’s famed Black Dog Salvage, bringing home two pieces of furniture.  We enjoyed our stay at the Robert E. Lee Hotel and dinner at the Southern Inn Restaurant (directly across Main St. from the hotel).  Corkie drove the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Roanoke and Afton Mountain/Rockfish Gap, west of Charlottesville.  The views from the many lookouts across the Shenadoah Valley were truly spectacular.  I must not leave out our lunch visit to another Roanoke landmark, The New Yorker Delicatessen and Restaurant on Williamson Road where I had a real Reuben and Corkie feasted on a liverwurst (the real thing) on rye.

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Bible Study Videos – Episode Thirteen

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THE ANNUNCIATION.  The Archangel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin presented in tempera and gilt on vellum, circa 1275 A.D., attributed to the Master of the Braunschweig-Magdeburg School, from the Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria, as reproduced in The Yorck Project: 10,000 Masterworks. Public domain.

In what I think is the best episode yet in the revised and expanded version of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels is now available.  Episode Thirteen features many rarely-seen illustrations from the 11th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 2nd Qtr 20th C. to aid in viewer/listener comprehension of the Gospel of St. Luke.

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The focus in Episode Thirteen is on the second and best known of three “annunciations” in the Gospel of St Luke, in this case “The” Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin by the Archangel Gabriel; the first two of 4 songs in the Gospel of St. Luke, the Magnificat and the Benedictus, the latter occasioned by the birth of John the Baptist and the loosening of the tongue of Zacharias.

Personally, I really miss the congregational singing of the Benedictus (as well as the Jubilate Deo and the Te Deum laudamus).  No musical instrument, no matter how well played can equal the emotional feeling of united voices singing the theological songs.

I have completed both the sound and pictures for Episode Fourteen and will complete the video and upload it next week.  I am currently prepared the slides and script for Episode Thirty-two, on the Gospel of St. John.

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