Questions that pictures pose, 5: Law and grace

A certain picture-type, which has been formative in particular in German Protestantism is called “Lex et Gratia” – i.e. presentations of “Law and Grace”. This picture-type could also serve to devalue the Old Testament.

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Questions that pictures pose, 4: The figure of the synagogue – banished underneath the staircase

The St. Kastulus minster in Moosburg an der Isar contains a detail at the neo-Gothic pulpit staircase, which reflects the relationship between Church and Synagogue.

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Questions that paintings pose, 3: The unveiled Synagogue as objection

Another motif of objection against anti-Jewish attitudes can be found in medieval illuminations, e.g. in a depiction of the “tree of Jesse” in the Lambeth Bible (12th century).

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Questions that paintings pose, 2: The Jewish hat as a form of objection

Bruno Alber presents three examples that rose objections against Christian anti-Judaism, one in the Cathedral of Augsburg, and two from medieval illuminated manuscripts.

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Questions that paintings pose, 1: Rabbi Jesus on the run

What does the picture show us, painted in the form and size of an altarpiece?

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What are we missing? Sunday mass in the period of the Corona crisis

Not for all Christians, but for many the Sunday assembly of the Church is the pivotal point of the week. But what happens now, as no Sunday mass takes place? What is the purpose of Sunday mass? And are we really left
with nothing when the church is closed? The following article calls your attention to some special aspects to take into consideration for this special Lent (and perhaps beyond that, Easter time) of 2020.

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