Episode Sixteen in the revised and expanded versions of our Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, is now available in video and podcast versions. The topics are St. Luke’s unique reverse order genealogy of Jesus and his account of the Temptations of Christ. The graphic with this Blog post is a 96 dpi version of the Temptations from the Codex Aureus of Echternach, made at the Abbey of Echternach, Echternach, Luxembourg (then part of Germany) between 1030 and 1050 A.D. The Codex is one of the marvels of the Ottonian era of the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire revived in 800 A.D. by Charlemagne. It is just one of three scenes on a single page, with other scenes of the Calling of the first Apostles and Cleansing the Temple. You can see shine in the gilt in the 300 dpi version in the video. Other illustrations include work by Ducci di Bouninsegna; an miniature of Christ and Satan from a Psalter from England in the 13th C.; an illumination of Luke writing his Gospel made for Charlemagne in 800 A.D.; two watercolors, one of the Temptation on the pinnacle of the Temple and one of St. Joseph, by James Tissot; an oil on canvas of the Temptations by Vassily Surikov, and a scene from an icon in the Russian Orthodox tradition.
I am currently working on Episode Thirty-six on the first “sign” in the Gospel of John, the Wedding at Cana. I am also working on a plan for advertising on an Anglican site for our Bookstore Publications.
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