The Holy Ghost drives Jesus into the wilderness.
The Brick Testament
The Bible has inspired countless artistic endeavors throughout the centuries, but few are as oddly amusing as The Brick Testament. The site illustrates over 400 Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation, using only LEGO® building blocks. The stories are thoughtfully labeled N, S, V, and C to allow those who might be offended by nudity, sexual content, violence or cursing to avoid them (though it must be said that their translation into the Lego world does tone them down greatly)
Take a look at the story of Solomon asking for wisdom in 1 Kings 3 (the Old Testament reading for this coming Sunday).
All this is a project by the Reverend Brendan Powell Smith, who describes himself as “not an ordained member of any earthly church, and widely regarded as being both highly presumptuous and extremely vain.”
And, lest you doubt that all this can be accomplished without extensive modification of standard Lego pieces, he assures us that “Everything but the background sky is indeed built out of LEGO brand building blocks. There are a few select instances where Rev. Smith has resorted to modifying LEGO pieces with a hobby knife or permanent ink marker, but the vast majority of everything you see in The Brick Testament are unaltered LEGO parts from sets that date from the 1960s up to the present day. ”
As you browse through the stories at The Brick Testament, what do you learn about them that you did not notice before? How do you find the stories changed by the demands of using building blocks to tell them? If you have access to blocks of your own, you might try telling a favorite story of your own.
TCLC – Twentieth Century
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The other day in the daily message I get from “Seasons for Nonviolence,” I found this thought-provoking quote:
No two persons read the same book.
It seemed a pithy summation of a fundamental understanding of reading and interpretation that we share at BibleWorkbench. It is true of reading any book, and perhaps even more true when we read religious texts like the Bible. It’s one reason that we encourage group study of the texts, with opportunity for participants to share their insights- the Bible they have read- and hear from others about their reading. Continue reading
Text: Psalm 29
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The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
Where in your own life right now is your forest stripped bare? What, in your religious or political or family life breaks the cedars or flashes forth flames of fire? What do you know of the shaking of the wilderness? Take a piece of paper and some art supplies and quickly give some form to the breaking of cedars and the shaking of the wilderness? Sit with the chaos for a moment in silence. Continue reading
Associate Editor Caren Goldman passed along this link to an article about how some Jewish artists have depicted Jesus.
At a time when the idea of the Jewish Jesus was just taking hold in intellectual circles, Liebermann’s image of the savior as a ragamuffin came as a shock. When the painting debuted in Munich’s Second Annual International Art Exhibition of 1879, the Catholic clergy complained. The prince regent himself demanded it be moved to a less prominent location. Months later, the charges of blasphemy, tinged with anti-Semitism, were still going strong, surfacing in a debate in Parliament.
Cross Pollination: How the figure of Jesus came to be employed in modern Jewish art
Be sure to take a look at the slideshow of images from various artists.