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).

Watch the Video       Listen to the Podcast

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.

As always, thank you for your interest and support, which enables the production of these videos free-of-charge, on-demand, through links from this Web Site.

May God bless you in all that you do in his name! Amen.  Glory be to God for all things! Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode Tw0

LP-Title1-smallEpisode Two (of two) in The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase is now available in both video and podcast forms.   The focus in Episode Two is on the fourth, fifth and sixth petitions; the Doxology (in St. Matthew’s version); and a general summary of the series.  The discussion of the Doxology includes a presentation on the two most likely ways the Doxology found its way into St. Matthew’s Gospel.  The illustrations include art from the 9th through the early 21st Centuries.  The episode runs just over 21 minutes.       Watch the video      Listen to the Podcast Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode Tw0”

The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode One

LP-Title3bEpisode One in the much-delayed AIC teaching video series, The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase is now available on our You Tube channel and also in a podcast version.  The title slide includes James Tissot’s late 19th C. depiction of Jesus teaching the Disciples in charcoal, graphite and watercolor on gray wove paper, from the Life of Christ at the Brooklyn Museum. Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer: Phrase-by-phrase – Episode One”

Sunday Next Before Advent

My Podcast Homily for Sunday Next Before Advent (Stir-up Sunday) has been uploaded to the Podcast Homilies page at the AIC web site.  This completes the archive of traditional homilies for all the regular Sundays in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  I include a review of the secular and Scriptural origins of the “Stir-up” idea as well as commentary on the “For the Epistle” reading (Jeremiah 23:5-8) and the Gospel reading (John 6:55-14), St. John’s unique account of the Feeding of the 5,000, the sixth of seven “signs” (Greek: semeion) in St. John’s Gospel.     Listen to the Sunday Next Podcast Continue reading “Sunday Next Before Advent”

Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity and Episode Twenty-eight in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation

River of Life and Tree of Life, Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C.  Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.
River of Life and Tree of Life, Bamberg Apocalypse, early 11th C. Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany.

I can hardly believe it is already near the end of the week, but it has been a productive week.  I’ve completed the final episode in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.  Episode Twenty-eight is focused on Chapter 22.  The key illustration is River of Life and Tree of Life from the Bamberg Apocalypse. Continue reading “Twenty-second Sunday After Trinity and Episode Twenty-eight in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation”

Revelation: Episode 26 (Parts 1 & 2) & Twentieth Sunday After Trinity

Folio 51, Binding and Loosing of the Beast.  Bamberg Apocalypse (early 11th C.).  Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany
Folio 51, Binding and Loosing of the Beast. Bamberg Apocalypse (early 11th C.). Bamberg State Library, Bamberg, Germany

After a rocky start to the week (hip joint problems) I got back on track (literally and figuratively) by midweek.  This week’s installment of the Revelation series video required a change of plan.  Owing to the length, I had to split the Episode into two parts.  Part 1 is Revelation 20:1-6, St. John’s poetic introduction.  Part 2 is verses 7 through 21.   The illustration is Binding and Loosing of the Beast from the Bamberg Apocalypse.

Watch Episode 26 (Part 1)    Listen to the Podcast version

Watch Episode 26 (Part 2)     Listen to the Podcast version

Continue reading “Revelation: Episode 26 (Parts 1 & 2) & Twentieth Sunday After Trinity”

Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity and Episode 25 in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation

BambergApocalypseFolio048vRiderOnWhiteHorseAndBirdsOfPreyThis has been a terrific week!  The rainy weather finally abated and the sun came out and the temperature went up.  Early in the week, shut-in owing to the stormy weather, I completed and uploaded Episode Twenty-five in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation.   Continue reading “Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity and Episode 25 in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation”

Second Sunday in Lent and Episode 39 in Bible Study

Mother Nature dumped another eight or so inches of snow on Mechanicsville last night and this morning, but it’s already fading away as temperatures rise.  Unable to go out, I worked all morning on revising and finishing Episode 39 in the New Testament: John-RohanMaster-15thC Gospels & Epistles series for the AIC’s You Tube channel.  Watch Episode 39.   There is also an MP3 version with audio only.  Listen to Episode 39

Still focused on the Gospel of St. John, the topics are Feeding the 5,000 and Walking on Water, with discussion of what makes John’s account of both events different.  Also included is the first part of a discussion of the unique Themes, Details and Events found only in the Gospel of St. John, beginning with Part 1 of a discussion of the theme of Light vs. Darkness.

For the series, I purchased The Rohan Master book of hours from which I am in the processing of extracting illustrations related to St. John, one of which is shown here.  The Rohan Master depicts St. John at his desk writing his Gospel with an Eagle (the traditional symbol of St. John) and a banner bearing his name at his feet.  Far above, God the Father observes from the upper right.  The Rohan Hours volume is considered one of the finest illuminated Hours collections in existence, but I still can’t quite come to grips with the Western practice of depicting God the Father, which was forbidden before the rise of power at Rome in the 12th and 13th centuries.

I have also posted a Podcast Homily for Second Sunday in Lent.  Scripture topics include St. Matthew’s Caananite Woman-Hours-Duc de Berry-15thCaccount of the driving out of a demon from the daughter of a Canaanite woman (described by St. Luke as Syro-Phoenecian), St. Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians, Chapter 4, verses 1-8, which is a lecture on controlling passions, both of the mind and body, and I include a back reference to 1 Kings 8 on the issue of whether God hears the prayers of those not of the Israelite tradition or blood.   Listen to the Podcast Homily.

For this Blog post I have included two illustrations of this event.   The first is from another Hours collection from Paris around the time of the Rohan book, but this one is by the Limbourg brothers from the Tres Riches Heures of John duc du Berry, which is another tempera and gold leaf creation on vellum.  You can see a ripple in the paper at top center.

The second illustration is a Baroque style oil on canvas by the Flemish painter, Michael Canaanite Woman-Michael_Angelo_Immenraet-17thCAngelo Immenraet (1621-1683),   Some sources claim the painting is from the collection of oil paintings at Union Church, Idstein, Germany, but I have not been able to confirm that.   I was not able to find a public domain illustration from the Eastern Church tradition.  Somehow, for me, the Immenraet version reminds me of English horse paintings such as those by Stubbs.  They lack the spirituality of the Hours manuscripts and the Eastern icons, being focused on anatomical correctness instead.  For regular visitors to the blog site, I invite you to compare this one with the Duccio egg tempera and gold leaf on the Raising of Lazarus.

Also this week, I finished work on a DVD version of Paintings on Light, my book on the stained glass collection at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA, and a 2-CD version of my Twelve Days of Christmas series.  I have not yet set a price for either.

Blessings to all of you.  And that you for your interest in the Internet ministry of the Anglican Internet Church.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd (O Poimen, O Kalos)

Detail from Window 35, stained glass by Mayer of Munich, St. Joseph's Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA. A.D. 1931
Detail from Window 35, stained glass by Mayer of Munich, St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA. A.D. 1931

No other of the I AM sayings (Greek: ego eimi) in the Gospel of St. John enjoys such widespread acceptance as I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14).  This week I uploaded Episode 34 in the AIC Bible Study series The Holy Bible: the New Testament in which I complete my discussion of both I AM the Door and I AM the Good Shepherd.  For that video I prepared a detail from the Mayer of Munich stained glass window at St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA.   This window is located in the upper wall of the Nave on the North side.  The Mayer artists created six-sided panels using soft pastel colors in shades of blue and green, separated by the black lead cames, making the red-robed image of Jesus appear to float on the light from the sky outside.  The technique is described in the AIC publication, Paintings on Light: the Stained Glass Windows of St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, available in paperback from my author page at Amazon.com. Paintings on Light includes high-resolution pictures of 43 of the 46 stained glass windows in the Chapel.  Later this year or early in A.D. 2015, I will produce a DVD version to be offered through Amazon.

The Mayer artists depict Jesus with a lamb in His right arm, a shepherd’s crook (or crozier) in His left

Detail, Window 24, Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven, by Mayer of Munich, St. Joseph's Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA. A.D. 1931
Detail, Window 24, Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven, by Mayer of Munich, St. Joseph’s Villa Chapel, Richmond, VA. A.D. 1931

hand, and a small flock of lambs at His feet.  The lamb in His arm wears a small bell around its neck, signifying that it is the lead lamb which the others will follow.  The same type of bell appears in another window at the Chapel, The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven, in which the Blessed Virgin also holds a lamb in her arms.  It is one of five small windows located on the ground floor in the South Aisle.

Jesus is indeed our true Shepherd, following in the image of the Twenty-third Psalm (“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….”) and other shepherd imagery from the writing prophets of the Old Testament.  As Jesus tells us in John 10, He knows His sheep and they recognize His voice and will follow Him.  He assures us: “I have come that they [the faithful sheep) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV).  The Old Testament and New Testament models for Jesus as shepherd are discussed in detail in the “Shepherd” entry in Layman’s Lexicon, another AIC publication available at the Amazon author site linked above.

In the Greek language, shepherd is Poimen.  The classic Eastern Orthodox depiction of Jesus as Good Shepherd is available as a printed icon on a wood base at St. Isaac of Syria Skete, Boscobel, WI (stock number I061114a).  The icon is labelled in the background, O Poimen, O Kalos, which means Good Shepherd.  The halo includes the three Greek letters meaning I Am that I Am, the words spoken by God to Moses (Exodus 3:14, 15).

The next Bible Study video, Episode 35, will be focused on the final two I AMs, I AM the Resurrection and the Life and I Am the True Vine, the latter being part of Jesus’ final sermon to the Apostles before His arrest on the evening of Maundy Thursday.

The AIC publication, Christian Spirituality: an Anglican Perspective is now available in both paperback and Kindle version from my author page (use the link above).  The Kindle version was being uploaded this morning.  There is a discount for the Kindle edition for purchasers of the paperback edition through Amazon/Kindle.