The Gospel of John

The first four episodes focused on the Gospel of John in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now linked from the New Testament page. Episode 26 introduces the Gospel of John with a discussion of John, his intended audiences, language and major and secondary themes. Episodes 27 and 28 are focused on John’s unique Prelude in Chapter 1, plus the calling of the first four disciples. The events takes place over a series of four days. Episode 29 is the first of seven episodes focused on the “I Am” declarations which are unique to the Gospel of John, beginning with the first, heard in Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob. Illustrations are from the 6th through the 20th C.

The upgrading of the New Testament: Gospels series is proceeding faster than I originally anticipated. I am hopeful of completion of all remaining updates before Good Friday.

The Gospel of Luke

Episodes Twelve through Twenty-five in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, all focused on the Gospel of St. Luke, are now uploaded and linked from the New Testament page. Even better, the printed proof of The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated is now in the hands of our proofreader for final review. I hope to have the volume in print and in the facsimile version in the Kindle format before Easter A.D. 2021.

I have already started on the Vimeo version of Episode Twenty-six in the video series, the first of twenty episodes on the Gospel of John. Being snowed in/frozen in has some advantages! I am hopeful of having Episode Twenty-six uploaded to our Vimeo site before the end of the week of Feb. 15th, A.D. 2021.

I have further updated the AIC web site to make it consisten with the Learn Your Way: Watch/Listen/Read initiative announced earlier this year.

more episodes on the Gospel of Luke

Freezing rain and snow have advantages: I’ve used the occasion of being housebound to produce four more episodes on the Gospel of St. Luke and upload them to our host site, Vimeo.com. These episodes include discussion, in order, of the Parables of the Good Samaritan, the Rich Fool, the Chief Seats, the Lost Coin, the Lost Son (or Prodigal Son), the Unjust Steward, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Tenacious Widow, and the.Pharisee and the Tax Collector (or Publican). Illustrations in these episodes are from the 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th C. These are displayed in high resolution format. The AIC is especially grateful to the Universitats- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, Darmstadt,Germany, for the images from the Hitda Codex, a magnificent illuminated Bible in the Carolingian style generally seen only in low resolution versions with distorted color rendition. As I have done throughout the series, each illustration is accompanied by a source citation, usually including manuscript, or shelf, numbers, folio numbers and location of the original documents. We have permissions from other sources for high resolution images in each of the new series of illuminated Gospels. The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated is currently available using the Virtual Bookstore link on our Home page. The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated is in printed proof stage. The volume on Mark is currently near the end of the initial proof-reading stage. The volume on Matthew’s Gospel is complete but has not yet entered in proofreading phase.

These four episodes are focused on the unique parables in the Gospel of Luke. Episode 20 is also the first of six episodes focused on Unique Details, Events and Quotations in the Gospel of Luke. Of the remaining five episodes (numbers 21 to 25), I am working today on # 21) and hope that I can finish it and the remaining episodes by the end of the week of February 15th.

As always, I thank viewers, listeners and readers of AIC materials for their interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen.

Four More episodes in the Gospel of Luke

Four additional episodes in the Fourth Edition of our Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, have not been uploaded and are now linked from the New Testament page (a sub-pages under the Bible Study tab). The new material is Episode Thirteen to Episode Sixteen, which cover the three angelic annunciations, four unique songs, Luke’s unique genealogy, the Nativity and boyhood of Jesus and the start of His ministry in Galilee beginning with His baptism in the River Jordan. These episodes feature more cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources and many new illustrations.

The episode includes some spectacular examples of historic Christian art from the 8th to the 19th C. Concurrent with this set of uploads is the receipt of the printed proof of The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated, the second of our four illuminated Gospel books. The proof is being looked over this week for any glitches. I hope we can get in into print during the season of Lent. The cover image is a tempera and gold on parchment illumination of Luke Writing His Gospel from the Pericope Book of Henry II, made between 1007 and 1012 A.D. for the last Ottonian Holy Roman Emperor. Clm 4452, Bayerische Landesbibliothek, Munich, Germany. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. It was made in the Scriptorium at Reichenau, Germany. The publication of these volumes will allow the average person to own an illuminated Gospel at reasonable cost.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

THE GOSPEL OF MARK NOW COMPLETE

All five episodes in the Fourth Edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, focused on the Gospel of Mark are now complete and available for viewing and downloading. These episodes are linked on the New Testament page (a sub-page of Bible Study). For this edition the series has a new musical introduction and closing theme, many new illustrations and a wide range of design changes and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, especially our newest book, The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, due for publication later this year.

Cover illustration from Pericope Book of Henry II, Clm 4452, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany. Henry II was the last of the Ottonian successors to Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in western Eruope. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Gospel of Matthew

All five revised episodes of The New Testament: Gospels which are focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew and the first of five focused on the Gospel of St. Mark are now linked through the Bible Study tabs at the top and bottom of any page. These revised editions feature many new or revised slides, a new musical theme, All Glory, Laud & Honor, performed in England on his church organ by Richard M. S. Irwin, plus many new illustrations. Each episode is now also cross-referenced to Other AIC Resources with similar or related material, including The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated and The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, which is currently in the proof-reading stage. Publication is anticipated in the 2nd Qtr or 3rd Qtr of A.D. 2021. The Podcast versions of these six episodes should be available during the week of Feb. 8th.

The revisions to the Seasonal Videos for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, “Gesima”/Pre-Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Trinitytide are now linked from the Digital Library page. Improvements will be made to all three Christian Education Video series: The Lord’s Prayer; The Nicene Creed: and The War on Christianity later this year.

The sub-level mastheard on the Welcome page has now been adjusted to make it consistent with the WATCH-LISTEN-READ initiative announced earlier. Other improvement intended to make the site more user-friendly are being considered. Suggestions for improvements would be welcomed. Please send them to me at frron.aic@earthlink.net.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

A Major upgrade completed

Continuing the AIC’s celebration of the start of our second decade on the Internet, today I completed the upgrade of all the AIC Seasonal Videos by uploading revised episodes for Good Friday (In the Cross of Christ I Glory, presented in 2 parts); Eastertide: From Resurrection to Ascension (presented in three episodes): and Trinitytide: The Teaching Season (with Whitsunday and Whitsun Week and presented in nine episodes, with Episode One in two parts).

These fifteen revised videos feature many new examples of historic Church art, suggestions for appropriate season music from the St. Chrysostom Hymnal; and cross-references to Other AIC Resources, including videos, podcasts and print publications. In addition, stylistic changes have been made to give all our video series consistency in design and form. These changes are intended to enhance the value of the AIC’s many resources by making them more accessible, whether site visitors prefer to watch, to listen or to read traditional Christian teaching. Attached is another graphic emphasizing the choices we offer across all the different media format. It was used as the final slide in the Good Friday video

Another objective of this extensive rebuild is to make it easier for traditional Christians to find the resources they need in the world of COVID and associated restrictions. This program of improvements will continue in the early months of A.D. 2021 with the Fourth Edition in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels. Episode One in the new format was uploaded late in A.D. 2020. Episode Two, the first of five episodes focused on the unique themes and content in the Gospel of Matthew, is currently in production with a goal of completion by mid-February. Later this year, The Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Illustrated will be available in paperback and Kindle versions with 117 illustrations on coated paper.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name. Amen! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

The Watch-Listen-Read Initiative

With the ongoing updating of all AIC Video series, the AIC is taking a new approach to explaining to existing and potential viewers and listeners what it is that makes the AIC different. I’m calling it the WATCH-LISTEN-READ initiative. Formerly, we tried to show the differences berween the several ways information could be accessed. I hope this new approach proves to be a less wordy way to showing rathern than telling what makes the AIC’s approach unique. Step One is the attached graphic, which is the closing slide in the newest version of Trinitytide: The Teaching Season. Every series will end with some variation of this theme. In the spoken material a WATCH-LISTEN-READ comment will always come before the citation of OTHER AIC RESOURCES. As always, thank you for your interest and support.

Some very good news

I have several items with very good news to report this week.

First, the next book in our Gospels series, The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated has been sent to our printer for production of proof copies. I hope we can have the book in print this Spring. The book will be 272 pages with 111 illustrations and 14 special text boxes.

Second, the manuscript for the next volume, The Gospel of Mark: Annotated & Illustrated, has been sent to my proofreader. Mark’s is the shortest of the four Gospels and I am hopeful we can have a book in print before mid-year, maybe even before Easter. The book will be 186 pages.

Third, revised and updated versions of the AIC Seasonal Video series for Advent (2 episodes), Epiphany (3 episodes), “Gesima” (2 episodes) and the first of 3 episodes for Lent are now available through links on this site. All are linked from the Digital Library page and the current season episodes are also linked from the Welcome page.

Fourth, all slides and script for the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, are now complete. Episode 1 is now online. Soundtracks for the remainign 44 episodes will be recorded during the Winter months. The series has a new logo. Many modifications, mostly technical changes, have been made to the series, including cross-reference to the appropriate volume in the Gospels series mentioned above.

Fifth, minor changes are in store for the Great “O” Antiphons, Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and In the Cross of Christ I Glory. The changes are designed to make the style of the videos more consistent across the different categories.

Finally, with the production of the Gospel series nearing completion, I am introducing a new graphic for the closing slide of all series (except Advent, which was already complete). The slide will now include a graphic emphasizing the AIC’s commitment to providing teaching and study materials in whatever format the reader finds most appealing, using three key words: WATCH, LISTEN, READ. If you prefer the visual method you can WATCH our Bible Study (Gospels and Revelation), Seasonal (mentioned above) and Christian Education (Nicene Creed; Lord’s Prayer; The War on Christianity; The Lives of the Saints (two series) series. If you would rather hear the material, you can LISTEN to the MP3 podcast version of all series; finally, if you prefer you material in book form, you can READ from the many volumes in the AIC Bookstore Publications series, now including almost a dozen and a half books.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. Please share a link with this site or its separate pages with friends and family.

Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

A year’s end Progress report

During the seasons of Advent and Christmas I’ve been working to update and, in some cases, upgrade the AIC catalogue of Seasonal and Christian Education videos. The seasonal videos for Epiphany through Trinitytide are being upgraded and will be released as they are completed, hopefully before the start of each season. Here is a short summary of the state of the work so far:

Seasonal Videos: Episodes for Advent and Christmas have been updated and are now linked to our new host site at Vimeo.com. A few changes to these episodes will be made early in A.D. 2021.

Christian Education Videos: During the week of Christmas I took advantage of access to my host’s high-speed Internet service and uploaded all Christian Education videos, including the sixteen episodes of The Lives of the Saints (First Series); the thirty-one episodes in The Lives of the Saints (Second Series); both episodes of The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase; all eight episodes in The Nicene Creed; and the seven completed episodes in The War on Christianity. All these videos are now linked from the Digital Library page on this site.

Bible Study Videos: I have completed the editing of Episode One through Episode Twenty-five (the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke). I am about 1/3 of the way through on Episode Twenty-six to Forty-five (the Gospel of John). All episodes in the series are getting a new masthead/logo, minor adjustments to page layout; plus changes to the Other AIC Resources sections. The changes will standardize the style and add new page(s) with cross-references to where and how the same text appears in the new AIC Bookstore Publications, one each on the four Gospels. The Gospel of John: Annotated & Illustrated is now available for purchase (use the Virtual Bookstore link at the bottom of the Home Page). The Gospel of Luke: Annotated & Illustrated could be ready before the end of January. I expect to complete the changes to the Bible Study series on cold winter days in the 1st Qtr of A.D. 2021.

As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God bless you in all that you do in His Name. Amen! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!