Questions that pictures pose, 11: John the Baptist in the Wilderness – A Misleading Title

Geertgen tot Sint Jans paints John the Baptist in a seemingly unbiblical way—the „wilderness“ is not wild at all and the picture is full of theological details. Bruno Alber decodes the theological message of this painting.

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Series: Of Jews and Christians, 1

In the first contribution of this series, Achim Buckenmaier and Arnold Stötzel turn their attention to the Comments on the Treatise ‘De Iudaeis’ by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, which were written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council’s Declaration Nostra Aeate – at about the same time as certain other ecclesiastical and […]

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Questions that pictures pose, 10: Women’s rights speak Hebrew or God’s wisdom too needs a place to land

In the illuminations of a page for the feast of Pentecost in a medieval Book of Hours, Bruno Alber recognizes the arc of the history of salvation of the one people of God.

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Questions that pictures pose, 9: The missing answer or How to handle defaming pictures?

Bruno Alber‘s reflections on a Chagall window versus anti-Jewish depictions in the Cologne Cathedral, provide an answer how to handle anti-Jewish depictions in churches.

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Questions that pictures pose, 8: “The Jewish Rider” or What is a horse doing in a train compartment?

The painting „The Jewish Rider“ depicts one of the strongest messages about Jewish existence after the Shoah by condensing various and even contradicting fragments to a “collage”.

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Questions that pictures pose, 7: The Holy Family or why Jesus has no halo

One of the most popular and most varied biblical motifs is “Mary with the child”. The Renaissance painter Dosso Dossi created an altar piece, which engages us in a theological discourse.

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