of the World Illustrate the Bible
Some books are not only good: they are beautiful! Children of the World Illustrate the Bible celebrates the 50th Jubilee Year of the State of Israel. Children from 91 countries submitted hundreds of thousands of paintings. A special group of curators selected several hundreds which are published in this book. The paintings chosen represented the “personal expression and riveting exposition [of the Bible] without filters, analysis or criticism.”
charming book enables us to catch a glimpse of how children view stories
in the Bible. They were often very wrong of course. But truth was not what
they were after; rather, they were more concerned with making a statement
in colour. As we flip gently over the pages, the warm kaleidoscope of
colours hit our eyes and is proof of how exciting a child’s perception
of the world must be, how
varied and unusual, how innocently they portrayed each biblical event or
character. The book is well-designed and is one of the few books that are
specially designed to appeal to little children.
quick glance at the Index at the end shows that some
Faces of Jesus serves as a
fitting counterfoil to what I have been describing. It goes through the
life of Jesus. Sculptures and paintings bring us through a whole gamut of
emotions. We see the best of Gothic and ethnic art. The book is based on
the quite valid premise that Jesus had a face. But what I disagree with is
the statement that “The face of Jesus ... [is] the face of our own
secret and innermost destiny” (p.140). Wishful thinking, I thought.
Isn’t there something unique about Jesus that cannot be captured in the
face of ordinary mortals like ourselves? I ask. I turned to the back of
the book and read that the text was written by a novelist who studied at
the Union Theological Seminary, a most radical institution. I am not
surprised. Yes, the book is unusual, I thought, when I saw a
Chinese-looking Christ on p.143. But it is also weird: I spotted a rather
macabre French painting of the Last Supper. At times a painting is almost
unrecognizable, as in Salvador Dali’s painting of the Last Supper
(p.152). The last eight faces of Christ, however, are outstanding
(pp.245-253). They were sculptured or painted in bronze, wood, cloisonné
enamel and gold, and in beautiful mosaic. If these images could speak,
they would certainly insist that their main purpose is to depict Jesus’
struggles. Our Lord Jesus lived and died for us. How then should we live?
Listen to the Apostle Paul: “For to me to live is Christ and to die is
by Dr Quek Swee Hwa)
Ng (BGST student) writes from
you Dr Quek for the review on museums. I can vouch that museums are never
boring! Now that I am in the
on 10 March was taken by Dr John Lim. He read from Phil. 4:8-13 and spoke
on the topic, “Contentment That Starts Today And Lasts Forever.”
people today are not contented because they constantly practice the
“when/then” syndrome. And in order for us to break this syndrome, we
need to be grateful, practice being actively grateful and know that inner
peace is something we learn, not something we achieve. And as believers in
Jesus Christ, we have the indwelling Spirit of God to help us achieve it.
Speaker on 24 March will be Dr Aquila Lee.
A BLESSED BIRTHDAY TO ...
Tan Chek Wu
Ong Chai Lin
Loo Cheng Koon
Lee Soo Ann
Dr Patrick Chan 21/3
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