New Testament: Gospels – Episode Six

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St. Peter Paying the Temple Tax, illumination in colored inks on paper, Augustin Tumbler, Facetias Latinae et Germanicae (literally, Amusing Things), Konstanz, Germany, 1486 A.D. Codex HB V 24a. Public Domain (Wikipedia Commons).  Perspective correction applied.

Episode Six, the final episode focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew, in the AIC Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, is now online in video and podcast versions.  This completes the rebuild of the St. Matthew portion of the Bible Study Videos, making them consistent with current videos in all series and also adding many examples of historic Church art from many sources.  Episode Six includes selected examples of unique content and quotations, including the long form of the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes, plus the “kingdom” parables, and, as shown in the illustration, the curious miracle of the coin in the fish at Capernaum (Matt. 17:24-29).

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In the next episode, Episode Seven, I focus on the Gospel of St. Mark with an introduction to its history, authorship, time frame, language, intended audience and style, plus the beginning of my discussion of St. Mark’s themes, starting the Jesus as Servant of the Father.

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New Testament: Gospels – Episode Five

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Matthew Writing His Gospel.  Codex Aureus of Echternach.  Ms. Egerton 608, Folio 19v, British Library, London, England.  Perspective correction applied.

Episode Five in the revised version of our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels, was made available this morning in both video and podcast versions.  In this episode I continue my discussion of the final four examples of St. Matthew’s theme of the Life of Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, plus the first examples of another of his themes, Jesus’ own prophecies of events to come.

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The episode includes many more examples of rare Church art from the 6th through the 19th C., including Matthew Writing His Gospel, from the Codex Aureus of Echternach, made in the 2nd or 3rd Quarter, 11th C., based on the copy in Ms Egerton 608, Folio 19v, from the British Library, London, England.  I applied perspective correction to adjust the original image.

Next time, in Episode Six, the focus is on unique text in St. Matthew’s Gospel, including memorable sayings and quotations.

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New Testament: Gospels – Episode Three

Episode Three in the revised edition of The New Testament: Gospels was uploaded to YouTube earlier this afternoon.  The focus this time is completion of discussion of St. Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, including the four women named, and the start of discussion of his theme of the Life of Christ as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.

Matthew-Writing-LindisfarnePCAThis week’s rarely seen illustration is the illumination of Matthew Writing His Gospel from the Lindisfarne Gospels, produced in England around 750 A.D., with perspective correction adjustments, from the British Library by way of the Yorck Project: 10,000 Masterworks.

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Next week’s release of Episode Four features more on the fulfillment of prophecy theme.

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

 

New Testament: Gospels – Episode Two

Matthew-Writing-Codex Aureus-Stockholm-c750-Detail1-PCAEpisode Two in the revised edition of the AIC Bible Study Video series, The New Testament:Gospels, is now available in both video and podcast formats.  The episode, an introduction to the Gospel of St. Matthew beginning with its history and the genealogy of Jesus, includes four images of St. Matthew not often seen by the general public. The best of these, at left, is an illumination of St. Matthew from the Codex Aureus of Canterbury, made around 750 A.D. in England in the region of Canterbury.   The Codex Aureus (Golden Gospel) was stolen by Viking raiders in the 9th C. and bought back through a monetary ransom payment later the same century.  Where it resided between then and its movement to Spain in the early 16th C. is unclear.  Two centuries later, in 1690 A.D. it was bought by the King of Sweden and since then has resided at the Konigliga Bibliotek (Royal Library), Stockholm, Sweden. The Codex is also known as the Codex Aureus of Stockholm.  The image is from the Yorck Project’s CD collection, 10,000 Masterworks through Wikipedia Commons.  I adjusted the image using perspective and other correction methods in Photoshop.

The second ancient image is equally magnificent, a page from a Gospel book produced by the Ottonian dynasty of Holy Roman Emperors in the late 9th or early 10th C. from Cotton Ms Tiberius A II, in the collection of the British Library, London, England.   The third, circa 950 A.D., also comes the Ottonian period, from the collection of the New York Public Library.    The fourth is closely-related to the start of the reign of Charlesmagne, the first emperor of the revived Holy Roman Empire in Europe, crowned by the sitting Pope in 800 A.D.  The source is the Harley Golden Gospel, made in Aachen, Germany, around 800 A.D. from Ms. Harley 2788, also in the British Library, London.  Most of us in the Western Church do not give enough credit to Charlesmagne’s commitment to the spread of Christianity into the Germanic territories.  His sponsorship resulted in the creation of some of the finest religious art in the Western Church.

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Episode Three, focused on more of the genealogy of Jesus and St. Matthew’s theme of the life of Jesus as fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy,  will be released next week.  The episode features more remarkable images of St. Matthew and other religious art.

As always, may God bless you in all that you do in His Name!  Glory be to God for all things! Amen!

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.

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

Podcast Homilies for “Gesima” Season

 

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Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, Matthew 20:1-16, miniature in tempera and gold on parchment, Codex Aureus of Echternach, 1030-1050 A.D., Made at the Abbey of Echternach, Echternach, Luxembourg (then Germany), German National Museum, Nuremberg, Germany.  The scenes is one three on a single sheet of miniature illuminations.

The revised and expanded Podcast Homiles series now includes three Homilies for Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays.  In the style of the revised material being produced for the 2018-2019 Church Year, the homilies include cross-reference to Other AIC Resouces linked from this Web Site.

Septuagesima Sunday:
1st Corinthians 9:24-27/Matthew 20:1-16
Sexagesima Sunday:
2nd Corinthians 11:19-31/Luke 8:4-15
Quinquagesima Sunday:
1st Corinthians 1:1-13/Luke 18:31-43

Podcast Homilies for Ash Wednesday, the Sundays in Lent, Easter, the Sundays after Easter; Ascension; Sunday after Ascension; Whitsunday; Trinity Sunday, the Sundays after Trinity will be recorded and uploaded in the coming weeks, hopefully before Easter Day.

Meanwhile, I continue to work on the revised versions of all 45 episodes in our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels.  Slides and Script for Episode One through Episode Seven, focused on the Gospel of St. Matthew, are complete, but the voice track has yet to be recorded.  There are about twice as many slides in the new version and all episodes include many of the examples of historic art which have been used in our video series, plus a great many more which were made into the correct format late last year.  There will be illustration which viewers most likely have never seen, especially in a higher resolution format.

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Podcast Homilies Redux

I have now finished Phase I of the rebuilding of the Podcast Homilies page I announced in October.  Viewers and listeners will now find new links to freshly-recorded versions of my four theme-word or theme-phrase homilies for the Four Sundays in Advent; plus new Podcast Homilies for Christmas Day, First Sunday after Christmas Day, and Second Sunday after Christmas Day; and revised homilies for Epiphany (Day) and all six Sundays after Epiphany.  Within each homily are internal cross-references to Other AIC Resources on the same words, readings, topics or phrases.

These Other AIC Resources include:

  • Seasonal Videos:  our now-complete array of Seasonal Videos beginning with our two episode series, Advent: a Season of Penitence & Preparation, and ending with our nine episode series, Trinitytide: the Teaching Season.  Seasonal Videos are linked from the Digital Library page, displayed in order of the seasons on the Anglican Church Calendar.
  • Bible Study Videos:   both our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels (presented in 44 episodes) and Revelation presented in 28 episodes.  New episodes in the New Testament series will be recorded during late Winter and Spring, 2019 A.D.  Bible Study videos are linked from the Bible Study page.
  • Christian Education Videos: These include The Nicene Creed (presented in eight episodes), The Lord’s Prayer (presented in two episodes), The Lives of the Saints (presented in two series); and the on-going series The War on Christianity.  Christian Education Videos are linked from the Digital Library page, following the Seasonal Video links.
  • AIC Bookstore Publications:  all our books are available by special order from commercial bookstores and through the Virtual Bookstore link on the Home Page, which connects viewers to my Amazon Author page.  There will likely be one new books added in 2019 A.D., a Nativity account using the complete text from the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, illustrated with many of the historic works of art which were used for the Seasonal Video series.

Phase 2 in the rebuild, to be completed in January A.D. 2019, will include revised Podcast Homilies, with internal cross-references, for Gesima (Pre-Lent); Lent; and Easter.   The texts for all three seasons have been written and need only a final review before recording.  Texts for Good Friday remain unchanged, since they were revised in Spring A.D. 2018.   Phase 3, to be completed in February A.D. 2019, will include Podcast Homilies for Whitsunday/Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and the Sundays after Trinity.   The texts for Trinity season are only in the early stage of editing.   Both Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be work to be accomplished in the cold, dark and wet days of Winter in Virginia, when working on the yard, garden and house cannot be comfortably accomplished.

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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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Trinitytide: The Teaching Season – Episode Eight

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A Byzantine-style illumination in colored inks and gilt on parchment, The Siegburg Lectionary, made at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael, Siegberg, Germany, 2nd Quarter, 12th C.  Mss Harley 2889, Folio 1v, The British Library, London, England.

Yesterday morning I uploaded Episode Eight in our Trinitytide Seasonal Video series.  The episode is focused on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for the Twentieth through Twenty-third Sundays after Trinity, including St. Matthew’s account of the forgiveness dialogue between Jesus and St. Peter in Matthew 18:21-37, read on the Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.   The episode includes 12 illustrations from the 9th through the late 19th C., including the colorful illumination of St. Peter holding a scroll from a German private devotional lectionary shown nearby.

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In the final episode, Episode Nine, the focus is on the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity, the Sunday next before Advent and the prayer book’s provisions for transfer of surplus readings from Epiphany Season to Trinity Season in years with 26 or 27 Sundays after Trinity.  Barring any technical glitches, Episode Nine should be available late in the week of July 23rd.

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Trinitytide: The Teaching Season – Episode Six

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Detail, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, an illumination in colored inks and gilt on parchment,the Rossano Gospels, Cathedral of Rossano, Rossano, Italy, 6th C.  Public Domain.

I just finished uploading Episode Six in our Seasonal Video series Trinitytide: The Teaching Season.  The focus this time is on the Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings for Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Sundays after Trinity.  There are sixteen illustrations, ranging from a 6th C. illumination from Byzantine-controlled Italy to an early 20th C. oil on canvas of Mammon depicted as a sitting deity.   The four Gospel pericopes include the Healing of the Deaf Man, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Healing of the Ten Lepers, and God vs. Mammon (or Two Masters).  Of course, there are four new readings from the pen of St. Paul, of whom I have included four images which I have not used previously: two 19th C. stained glass windows in England (one in East Anglia, the other in Kensington/London); and two oil on canvas works in the European tradition.

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My favorite this week, shown above left, is a detail of the Parable of the Good Samaritan which I extracted from the Rossano Gospels,  a colored ink and gilt illumination on purple-dyed parchment, one of oldest to survive to the present day.  It was made in Italy in the 6th C., after the army of the Byzantine Empire at Constantinople conquered much of Italy.  Of course, its style is clearly Byzantine.  The Byzantine artist inserted an angel as a suggestion of the presence of Christ in the heart of the Good Samaritan.  The dying of parchment in purple was a very popular thing in the first Millennium and into the early part of the second.

In my research for these episodes I’ve discovered some new archives I had not known about and who resources I will be mining in future months, especially for images of St. Paul and the four Gospel authors, plus individual page illuminations from Gospels, Lectionaries and other works intended for personal devotions.  I think the lives of Christians would be immensely enriched if these were currently available for home devotions.  Perhaps the AIC will produce one in 2019 A.D.  I was thinking along the lines of introducing color introductions into Hear Us, O Lord: Daily Prayers for the Laity.  Unfortunately, the price would have to double if not triple (more color, more pages equals higher printing costs).

The slides and script for Episode Seven, covering the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Sundays after Trinity, are nearly complete.  I hope viewers will be as amazed as I am at the illustrations for Episode Seven and pleased with the longer treatment of several of the Gospel lessons.  The episode probably will not be finished until the following week owing to some personal obligations next week and the 4th of July holiday.

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