Hoping to get the revisions to New Testament: Gospels online before Christmas (and even more hopefully before Thanksgiving), I’ve accelerated the schedule of uploads. For the week of October 27th there are four new episodes. Episode Twenty-eight is focused on how the followers of John the Baptist became followers of Jesus Christ; the calling of the two pair of brothers, Peter and Andrew, James and John; and the dramatic conclusion of Chapter 1. Episode Twenty-nine is the first of seven episodes focused on the “I Am” declarations, beginning with Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob, with St. Photina as the first to whom Jesus reveals Himself as Messiah. Episode Thirty continues with two more “I Am” declarations, the first calming the Disciples at sea and the second being Part 1 of 2 on “I Am the Bread of Life.” Episode Thirty-one continues the story with Part 2 of 2 of the “I Am the Bread of Life,” plus “I Am the Living Bread,” and Part 1 of 2 in “I Am the Light of the World.”
It is always hard to decide upon a feature image for a multi-episode release. I have chosen a 1st Quarter, 6th C. A.D. Byzantine-style mosaic of St. Photina and Jesus at the Well of Jacob, one of 13 mosaics in the upper tier in the left wall of the Nave at the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy. The figure in white is not identified. Among the professional photographs of the Basilica I could not find a higher resolution version of this image. Because it is so high up on the wall, it is very hard to photograph without distortion. The image here is from Wikipedia Commons. In the video I explain the meaning of St. Photina’s name, her family history, and the traditional story of her death as a martyr. I also explain why this encounter and the first one in Episode Thirty is presented as an “I Am” declaration. Among other details I encountered is the tradition that the well-head from this story was bought by a Byzantine emperor and was installed and still exists beneath the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey.
I have recorded and edited into video format (and made the companion MP3 podcasts) for Episode Thirty-two through Episode Forty-one. These will be released during the early weeks of November. I still need to record the sound tracks for Episode Forty–two through Episode Forty-five, but will not be able to do so until the week of Nov. 10th.
I have also been upgrading each page on this site, adding images from the newest videos and correcting formatting errors. In coming weeks, I hope to replace several of the masthead images with material from the videos. This will not be easy owing to the wide-screen format. Narrow slices of most images would be unacceptable. My objective is to make the site more usable in conveying traditional Christian teaching.
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