Sunday, January 09, 2022

Apocalyptic Student Artwork, Fall 2021

Some of the final student projects in my fall seminar on Apocalyptic Literature, BIBL 610, involved the creation of artwork. I have the permission of several members of the seminar to share their work here on my Bible blog. This post presents two projects submitted in partial fulfillment of course requirements, the first by Timothy H. Rutherford, a VTS senior. 

The first two images above represent some of the material that influenced Timothy. They suggested the idea of apocalyptic revelation as a pulling back of a veil or curtain to reveal what has been unseen, perhaps a cosmic backdrop to mundane reality or perhaps hidden systems and powers at work in the world. The final drawing is Timothy's own creation, and it represents an optimistic vision of unveiling. The future that is unveiled is still being resolved as its colors emerge, but it includes a rising sun behind a cross and families reunited as COVID drops away to the bottom center right. 

The second artwork is by Craig Dosher and represents God enthroned atop the cosmic chariot in Ezekiel 1:26-28. 

Craig worked with colored foam rubber to create a layered, stratified work in keeping with tiered levels of otherness and holiness in Ezekiel's vision of God. The throne behind the divine figure is made of sapphire-blue felt. The upper half of the figure is formed with three layers of felt that resembles amber. 

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Canonical Interpretation: How Brevard Childs Approached Scripture