Monday, December 04, 2006

Pictures of the Nativity

If you are looking for pictures of the 'Nativity', click on one of the links below:

New pictures of the Nativity: Part one.
New pictures of the Nativity: Part two.
Christmas Jigsaw Powerpoint.
Wisemen powerpoint.
Nativity powerpoint.
Nativity in 3D powerpoint.

As I write this post it's early December, so I thought I'd add a post with a Christmas theme! below are a few interesting facts and thoughts about the 'Christmas story' that might be helpful to all you Bible illustrators, or maybe those preparing a Christmas sermon.

Why Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?
Gold was a royal gift given to kings, or in this case the 'King of Kings'.
Frankincense was used by priests, reminding us that the Lord Jesus was to become our 'Great High Priest'. Like Melchisedic, He was to be both a Priest and king.
Myrrh was an embalming spice used in the burial of the dead, reminding us that Jesus came for a purpose, to die as a 'sacrificial lamb' for the sins of the world.

Most modern scholars agree that Mary was only around 14 years old when she gave birth to the Lord Jesus. This would have made her around 47 years old at the time of the crucifixion. Both the 'Jesus of Nazareth' series, and the new film, 'The Nativity Story' , correctly show Mary as a young teen.

Swaddling clothes
This was an eastern custom whereby a baby was bound with long strips of cloth, in the same manner as an Egyptian mummy! The arms and legs of a baby bound in this way were quite rigid!
Strips of cloth were also wrapped across the babies chin and forehead, so that only his face could be seen.

We three kings?
Actually, the wise men were not kings, and there were probably more than three of them!
Some experts believe they were of Persian origin.The wise men were members of the 'Magi' which was an ancient religious order that worshiped the elements, (fire, water, air etc). It is possible that the wise men attributed deity to the star which they were following. If this is true, this would not be the first time that God used a lifeless object of worship to point men back to Himself! I'm thinking of the image of Dagon that fell prostrate before the Ark of the Lord. (1st Samuel ch5).

Bethlehem star
I once read an article in the 'Readers Digest' by the famous Astronomer Patrick Moore, concerning 'The Star of Bethlehem'. He studied each Bible verse that mentioned the star, and compared them with the very latest information we have about the stars, to see if the behavior of this star could be explained.
The interesting thing was that even though there are only a few verses that mention the star, these few verses showed that this star behaved like no other!
He concluded the article with the words, " The Star of Bethlehem remains a mystery!"

Related posts:
New pictures of the Nativity
Nazareth or Egypt?
Drawing Angels


Amy C. Moreno said...

Your website and illustrations are very inspiring. It is alwyas such an encouragement to see other Christians at work in this field, creating such amazing illustrations. Congratulations on your accomplishments.

Bible artist said...

Hi Amy
Thanks for your kind words. You have some great stuff on your website! Have you illustrated any Bible stories?
I would love to see them.
I'm hoping to add a blogroll of Bible/Christian artists to my blog when I get a minute, so I will add your site if that's o.k.
God bless

klusfam said...

For awhile now I've wanted my husband to paint a sort of abstract rendering of the walls of Jericho featuring Rahab's window with the red cord hanging out prominently... no people, just archetecture & color. Is there an example you can recommend?

Kristi Klusman

Bible artist said...

If it's going to be abstract I would start by looking in some well illustrated children's Bibles. They may not be accurate, but you should find some nice images.

If you would like to be a little more accurate, there are some very good Bible archeology sites in my link list that will give you more idea of how the walls would have looked.

There is a link here that shows how Rahab's house would have been built against the wall. Hope this is helpful!

The Bearded Belgian said...

I've heard that the magi could have been actual believers, influenced by the leadership of Daniël when they were held captive in Babylonia.

Bible artist said...

Yes I have heard this also. There is a legend that claims that Daniel's wealth was set aside to be given to the Messiah on His birth.

This supposedly was the Gold brought by the magi.

The Bearded Belgian said...

I hadn't heard it in that way before.

cool theory!