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.

Watch the video.      Listen to the Podcast version.

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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