Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

September 5, 2014 3:57 PM

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Painter and architect Rod Borghese and I conceived a triptych consisting of three images of Jesus based on the painting Christ in a Landscape by 16th-century Dutch Renaissance artist Jan Swart van Groningen. One of the images is Van Groningen's original painting. Two others in the triptych are images that Rod Borghese altered from the original.

The first altered image (left) in which Jesus is holding a Torah scroll is clearly an authentic depiction. Jesus loved the Torah and surely held the scroll often in his lifetime during synagogue Sabbath services, as stated in the Gospels (Luke 4:16). And almost all of Jesus' teachings can be traced ...

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