New Testament: Gospels-Episode Nineteen

After a short delay in production, Episode Nineteen in the revised editions of our Bible Study Video series, New Tesament: Gospels, is now online.  It runs just over 21 minutes, with a superb and very vivid early 11th C. illumination on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus presented in 3 tiers.  The featured illustration, since I have used the Rich Man and Lazarus illumination in previous years, is a 16th C. restoration of much older fresco from Bulgaria.

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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus  Fresco, Monastery of St. Ivan of Rila, nr. Sofia,
Bulgaria.  Started 927 A.D.; Destroyed by Moslems, early 15th C.; Rebuilt late 15th C. 
Perspective correction and other adjustments applied.  Photo by Apostoloff  Creative Commons CC-by-SA 3.0.

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I’ve been very busy completing the updating of the final episoses of the Gospel of  St. John.  Episode Forty-five should be complete by the end of the week or early next week.  It includes several illuminations I had not seen previously.

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Bible Study Videos: Episode Sixteen

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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.

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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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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 Twelve

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.

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Luke_St_Augustine's_Gospels_Corpus_Christi_Cambridge_MS_286-PCA-96dpiThe 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, Cambrige, by St. Gregory the Great.  The original is at Cambridge, CCCC 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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Bible Study Videos – Episode Ten

Christ-Feeding Multitude-CodexEgberti-Fol047vEpisode Ten in the revised and expanded Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now available.  This latest episode includes the final 3 of 18 miracles and the Jesus-Disciples dialogue that comes immediately before the Turning Point Verse, Mark 10:45.   The selected illustration is Feeding the Multitude, an illumination in tempera and gilt on parchment from the Codex Egberti, a Gospel book prepared for Egbert, Bishop of Trier, between 980 and 993 A.D. at the Reichenau Monastery, Reichenau, Germany.  Folio 047V, Trier City Library, Trier, Germany.

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Episode Eleven, the last focused on the Gospel of St. Mark, is almost complete and will be uploaded next week.  The slides and script for all the episodes for the Gospel of St. Luke are complete, but I have not yet recorded the sound track and matched the pictures to the sound using iMovie on my Mac Pro.   I am currently working on the slides and text for Episode Twenty-seven, the second to be focused on the Gospel of St. John.

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Revised Podcast Homilies for Trinity Season Now Complete

All the Podcast Homilies for Trinity Season, including Sunday next before Advent. are now available in their revised versions.  Each includes cross-reference to Other AIC Resources, including videos, podcastsand books, on the same words, topics and phrases.  All links to previous versions of the Podcast Homilies have been deleted.

Now that this year-long task is completed, I plan to return to work on the Bible Study video series, New Testament: Gospels.  Episodes on the Gospel of St. Matthew were uploaded earlier this year.  With luck, next week I will begin uploading the episodes on the Gospel of St. Mark.  Some are already available for uploading.  Others need editing of the voice track.  I am currently working on the script and slides for the final episode focused on the Gospel of St. Luke.  All links to previous versions are no longer available.  As of Episode Twenty-four, the number of slides in the series is more than double that of the previous version.  The additional slides include more actual Scriptural quotations and many more illustrations from the artistic tradition of the Church.  These revised versions will give viewers a glimpse of the latest historic art now available in the public domain.  Many of these from the 10th through the 16th C. have never been available to the non-scholar general public.  Many libraries are now very busy digitizing their collections.  I will be watching for additional material as it becomes available.  These great works of religious art have been added to our Internet presence as an aid to greater spiritual understanding of the content of Scripture.

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The New Testament: Gospels – Episode One

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After repeated delays for technical reasons, Episode One in the revised AIC Bible Study Video series, The New Testament: Gospels, is now available in both video and podcast version.   The new version is the third to be produced.  The first was a series of live videocasts from my former parish.  The second edition was introduced in A.D. 2015 after my retirement from pulpit ministry at Epiphany A.D. 2014.

Version Three includes many improvements, including a revised format more consistent with the style of the more recent AIC videos; many more examples of historic art from the 6th through the 20th C. from archives which have been digitized for wider audiences; and more direct quotations of Scripture, especially in the episodes on the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark, which were the earliest in the series presented in a different format than later episodes.   The series retains the original focus on teaching for the Laity and the informal style of presentation.

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Luke Writing from Ms Harley 5785, Folio 187v, perspective correction applied, British Library, London, England.

Among the examples of historic art included in Episode One is Luke Writing His Gospel, an illumination in tempera and gold on parchment produced in the region of Constantinople in the late 11th to early 12th C.  I applied perspective correction to the original image from Ms Harley 5785, Folio 187v, British Library, London, England.   Our archive now includes nearly a thousand such images from libraries, museums, churches, and government archives in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and the United States.   These historic images are both beautiful and instructive on the spiritual message in the scenes depicted.  I have included works in nearly every artistic medium, including icons, frescos, mosaics, oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and engravings.  All examples which have been modified for correction of perspective and other flaws with the objective of presenting a finished work more like its original shape are so identified in the credit lines.  Examples from many libraries and other sources can only be used for non-commerical purposes.  I have removed the links to all video and podcast versions of the earlier series.

The text and slides for Episode Two through Episode Sixteen, the latter including material from the opening chapters of the Gospel of St. Luke, have been completed.  Each needs to be converted into video form, which is a multi-step and time-consuming process, but I hope to release one episode per week throughout 2019 A.D. until all 45 episodes in the series are complete.   Things that can upset the schedule include the temptation to go back into finished work to add historic art more recently discovered.

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Preview of 2019 A.D. Projects

Great new changes are coming next year.  Instead of investing a lot of time and energy in a proposed Nativity book, I’ve decided to upgrade our existing 45-episode Bible Study Video series.   The Bible Study video series began as live streaming-video programs broadcast from my former parish nearly a decade ago.  Since the original version was produced, the AIC’s style of videos has changed dramatically, both in content and in appearance on the screen.   In addition, the new version will eliminate all obsolete references to persons, places and programs which are no longer relevant to the AIC’s online ministry.

For the new series, which as you see, has a new, more accurate title, the programs will incorporate the new style made possible by a change in software and the broadening of the AIC’s library of historic art.  We now have access to almost 1,000 images, including illuminations, icons, mosaics, frescoes, paintings, engravings, etchings and historic documents the oldest dating to the 3rd century.    The image in the title slide is the first page from the Gospel of St. John from a late 9th C.-early 10th C. illuminated Gospel made in Belgium.   The book is known by many names, the Coronation Gospels, the Athelstan Gospels and the Cotton Gospels.  Inprincipio is Latin for “In the beginning…”, the opening words of St. John’s prelude to this unique Gospel account.  The original is in the digital collections of the British Library, London, England.

Another major change to be incorporated into the revised Bible Study series is internal cross-referencing to Other AIC Resources on the same topics, words, phrases or theological concepts, including our Christian Education and Seasonal Videos; Podcast Homilies (also being revised and expanded in 2019 A.D.), and the AIC Bookstore Publications.   My objective is to help viewers take full advantage of the resources provided through the AIC Web Site, most of which are offered free of charge.   

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Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord – Episode One

Christ-Nativity & Annun-Egbert_codex-Detail1-PCAI’ve completed and uploaded Episode One in Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord, part of the final link in our chain of teaching videos for all the seasons in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  The series will have two episodes.  Episode One offers discussion of the evolution of the Christmas tradition; Anglican traditions of Christmas; and discussion and reading of both the first and second set of Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Christmas Day.   The series is illustrated with material from the 10th through the 20th C.  The oldest is a Byzantine-style illumination of the Nativity and the Annunciation to the Shepherds from the Codex Egberti, a Gospel book prepared in the Scriptorium of the Reichenau Monastery, Reichenau, Germany, between 980 and 993 A.D. for the incumbent bishop of Trier.  I applied perspective correction to the original file.  The Codex is part of the collection at the Trier Library, Trier, Germany.

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Other illustrations include an early 11th C. illumination from the Bamberg Apocalypse; a 14th C. French depiction of the coronation of Charlesmagne at Rome in 800 A.D.; a 14th C. oil on panel of Malachi by Duccio di Buoninsegna; a 10th C. depiction of St. John writing his Gospel from the Ottonian era of the Holy Roman Empire; a 13th C. mosaic at the Basilica of St. Mark, Venice; a circa 1420 A.D. Nativity scene in colored inks on parchment made in the Netherlands; F. X. Zettler’s elegant and beautiful stained glass window of the Nativity at St. Gertrude’s Church, Stockholm, Sweden; and Nativity murals from St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, Va from the AIC Bookstore publication, Paintings on Light.

Episode Two has been recorded but not yet place into video format.  It is focused on First Sunday after Christmas Day, Second Sunday after Christmas Day; the AIC Seasonal Video series, The Twelve Days of Christmas, soon to be available in a new edition; and, finally, the fourteen hymns in The St. Chrysostom Hymnal that are either not in the venerable 1940 Hymnal or are used by different, more easily-sung tunes.

I will also be recording new versions of The Great “O” Antiphons and Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve in late October and early November.  I spoke yesterday at a Clericus of the Orthodox Anglican Church, meeting at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, on the topic, The Mistaken Quest for Relevance.

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