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Art & Faith

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LECTIONARY ARTMOVIES & FILM

The Prodigal Son

Sculptures & Reliefs

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Timothy P. Schmalz

Prodigal Son

This sculpture captures the grace of forgiveness. The hidden faces of both figures allow the viewers to see themselves in the work.

GEORGE GREY BARNARD

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Paintings & Drawings

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The Woman Caught in Adultery

SOURCE: The Alternate Path / John Martin Blog

RELATED: FORGIVE by Yongsung Kim


LOYOLA PRESS (2:59) – Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” is perhaps the most famous and celebrated artwork depicting the parable of the prodigal son, also known as the parable of the forgiving father. Arts & Faith: Lent takes this painting as inspiration for a reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
PALMA IL VECCHIO – 1525-1528

Christ and the Adulteress

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Palma il Vecchio’s Christ and the Adulteress invites us into the crowd standing with the Pharisees to hear how Jesus will judge the woman caught in adultery. Palma il Vecchio’s depiction invites us into close proximity with Christ, the woman, and three Pharisees, creating an intimacy that inevitably leads one to examine his or her conscience. Christ’s direct gaze at us, the audience, reinforces this proximity and demands a look inward.

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PETER BREUGHEL – 1565

Christ and the Adulterous Woman

Breughel’s painting is a small grisaille composition. ‘Grisaille’ means that it is executed entirely in shades of grey, beige or other neutral greyish colours. This gives a sculptural element to the painting and a certain serenity. As these types of paintings look like drawings, they can betray the hand of a less talented artist more easily than a full-colour painting.

SOURCE: Christian Art

Max, Beckmann – 1917

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Songs & Lyrics

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LAUREN DAIGLE

How Can it Be

Watch Lauren Daigle’s live acoustic performance of “How Can It Be.”  (Click above link for lyrics.) One can imagine the woman caught in adultery singing this song, overwhelmed by Jesus’ goodness and mercy. How Can It Be is the debut studio album by American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle. The album was released on April 14, 2015, through Centricity Music.


Melanie Mozer

Go On

“Go On’ is an original song written by Melanie Mozer for a  project in her Understanding the Bible class at Belmont University. This song was inspired by the event in John 8:1-11.


 

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Miscellaneous Art

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MARYDEAN

Jesus Speaks to Women: The Woman Caught

God’s Word, creation, and community inspire and encourage Marydean. She creates fun, colorful, engaging art to capture people’s imagination, encourages their hearts, and equips them to encourage others!

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Poetry & Prose

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1st & 2nd Reading

Then and Now

Isaiah 43:16-21

by Scott L. Barton

With Israel in captivity
It must have been quite hard to see
How Yahweh, who had split the sea,
Could once again a savior be.

The poet said, “Forget all that,
The LORD, who for you, went to bat,
Because, in love, once, you begat,
Will now, for you, go to the mat!

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Key to a Successful Life

Philippians 3:4b-14

by Scott L. Barton
by Pastor Scott L. Barton, 2013

A cyclone hits, tornado, or a flood,
And homes and memorabilia all are lost;
And people ought to fall and not get up,
To contemplate what’s gone, and all its cost.

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Gospel

Of the Woman Caught in Adultery

John 8:1-8

by Jennifer Marie

i was wrenched from a bed
that was not my own to begin with.
into the sunlight, they dragged me,
hands yanking at my long hair.
i clutched my body.
jaw set, i silently vowed not to cry, to take it
like a woman should – to look them in the eye,
to stand unashamedly in front of my neighbors,
my mother, and my sisters. to stand in front of the town,
and face the inevitable.

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Woman Caught in Adultery

John 8:1-8

by Ralph Carelli

The temple courts were filled today
The noise of Pharisees
A woman caught as they dragged her
Her crime adultery

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The Gospel

The Adulterous Woman by Faithhub

The Woman Caught in Adultery by George Cuff

The Woman Caught in Adultery by Simple Simon

DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. A depiction of a bible event or scene might be liked by one participant, but disliked by another. In both cases, the art/film is likely to trigger personal experiences. Therefore,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings. 

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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)


The Greatest Story Ever Told – Jesus Defends Mary Magdalene: Jesus (Max von Sydow) intervenes when Mary Magdalene (Joanna Dunham) is publicly judged and ridiculed for adultery.

NOTE: We really do not know who this woman was. Tradition holds that it was Mary Magdalene, who went on to become one of Jesus’ closest followers. Mary Magdalene is often united with Martha’s sister, Mary of Bethany. Perhaps that was her, or perhaps this was another person. 
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)


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Jesus.net


BibleVideos.org


Jesus (1999)


A powerful scene from the made for television mini-series “Jesus”, featuring Jeremy Sisto and Deborah Messing.

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Mary Magdalene (2018)

NOTE: We really do not know who this woman was. Tradition holds that it was Mary Magdalene, who went on to become one of Jesus’ closest followers. Mary Magdalene is often united with Martha’s sister, Mary of Bethany. Perhaps that was her, or perhaps this was another person. 
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The Prodigal Son

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The Prodigal Son

Bible Themes in Movies

The Scarlet Letter (1995)


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How a letter signifying adultery became a sign of honor

FR TONY’S HOMILIESThe Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorn published in 1850, has some similarities with today’s Gospel story of the woman caught in adultery. It’s setting was a Puritan community in Boston in early New England. Hawthorne’s novel tells the story of Hester Prynne who was forced to wear the scarlet letter “A” for “adultery” because she had given birth to an illegitimate child and refused to name the father. The child’s father was none other than the community’s minister, Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester bore the letter, the public scorn and the humiliation alone, while the minister had merely to bear the pangs of conscience. After many years, the minister finally confessed his secret sin to the people and later died in peace. Hester continued to wear her letter, and went on to live like a saint bringing happiness to her disturbed illegitimate daughter and helping others in their troubles. The townsfolk said the letter stood, not for Adultery as it had done but now for Able, and a sign of honor.

DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. A depiction of a bible event or scene might be liked by one participant, but disliked by another. In both cases, the art/film is likely to trigger personal experiences. Therefore,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings.