Pretty cool kids... It's always been my conjecture that the Dura Europos Baptistry had images of Jonah present as a representation of the 3-day Resurrection event in a Jewish/Chritian context. There were depictions of Adam and Eve in the Baptistry area (along with Jesus as the Good Shepherd as well as other common representations from … Continue reading When you tell your daughters that you collect images of Jonah and they send you one from a Basilica
I've taught a series on depictions of Jesus numerous times at churches and for Sunday Schools of all flavors. This is one of the best pieces I've ever read on the subject. Thorough, but approachable. Plus, there's a connection to my beloved Dura Europos... However, there is one other place to look: to the synagogue … Continue reading What did Jesus look like?
This is terrible... The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed, according to the Associated Press. The destructions are part of a campaign by Islamic State, who have destroyed a number of … Continue reading Why We Should Care About Archaeological Destruction
My masters degree in religion is from Yale, and it's great to see the religious treasures there highlighted. However, I can't believe the Dura Europos baptistry (from the earliest house church we've recovered and one of the first depictions of Jesus we have) didn't make the list (the Mithraeum did, though... which is also spectacular). … Continue reading Yale’s Religious Treasures
The first image is the site of Dura Europos from June 28 2012 and the second image is from April 2 2014 (notice how many looting holes there are now): Dura Europos is located right near the border of Syria and Iraq on the Euphrates and is an archaeological record of the strife this … Continue reading More on Dura Europos Looting