Once again this week I have “doubled up” and uploaded two new episodes in the revised and extended version of our Bible Study Video series, New Testament: Gospels. In Episode Twenty-four and Episode Twenty-five I complete my discussion of the Gospel of St. Luke. Both episodes are focused on Unique Content in the Gospel of St. Luke. Episode Twenty-four is focused on the Kingdom Lectures and the Restoration of Zaccheus. Episode Twenty-five is focused on three topics, Jesus Before Herod, the Prayer Habits of Jesus, and the important roles for women in St. Luke’s Gospel. The featured image is a 10th C. A.D. Byzantine illumination in tempera and gold on parchment made at Constantinople, showing St. Luke seated in an upholstered chair with a platform for his feet and in front of a large desk writing his Gospel. The desk is filled with quills and what looks like a paper knife. There are scrolls and a inkpot at his feet. This version does not include the traditional image of an ox, the symbol of Luke. The original is from Ms. Additional 28815, Folio 76v, British Library, London, England. The British Library has not yet digitized much of the Additional Ms collection, including No. 28815. This version is sourced from the Yorck Project, a DVD published in 2002 A.D. as 10,000 Masterworks of Painting. The entire set of more than 10,000 images can be viewed on line.
I have recorded the first two of twenty revised and extended versions focused on the Gospel of St. John, these being episodes twenty-six to forty-five. Episode Twenty-six and Episode Twenty-seven will be released during the week of October 20th. Episode Twenty-five is focused on a general introduction to the Gospel of St. John and a reading of St. John’s unique Prelude in verses 1-5. Episode Twenty-seven begins with a discussion of John 1:1-5 and moves on to reading and discussion of John 1:5-18. Later today I will record the next two episodes which will be released during the week of October 27th. The slides and script for all remaining episodes have been completed but lack sound tracks and picture-to-sound correlation in iMovie. The final slide in the series, in Episode Forty-five, will be No. 1560 (vs. No. 885 in the original series). It has been a great and enjoyable adventure finding and editing the great Christian tradition of spiritually-minded images (vs. the modern representational forms in which the meaning often gets lost in the details and backgrounds). I hope and pray that viewers find them spiritually enriching and helpful in understanding Scripture.
I have started work on a new series of Podcast Homilies based upon the appointed readings from Psalms and Lessons for Morning Prayer in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, using the alternative which includes a Gospel reading for the Second Lesson. These will be linked from the Podcast Homilies page and posted in the order of the Church Calendar beginning with First Sunday in Advent. I hope to have the four Advent podcasts complete before the start of the new Church Year 2019-2020 on December 1st.
As always, thank you for your interest and support. May God continue to bless you in all that you do in His Name! Amen! Glory be to God for all things! Amen!