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August 11, 2010


Ruth Gouldbourne

Not sure what theological conclusions I draw from the picture, but it is beautiful! Thank you for letting me see it

Jim Gordon

Oh but no theological conclusions have to be drawn - the beauty of the picture is independent of such a perspective. But as one thought - Christology today is deeply influenced by the work of Richard Bauckham and Larry Hurtado on the significance of the worship of Jesus in the NT. So what does an adoring look convey about the nature of the child? A mother's love, yes. But within the context of a known story written with theological intent, and within a community of faith that honours the faith of the mother, what does such adoration imply? But yes - even if we weren't told it is the head of the virgin, and thought it only a sketch of a young woman, it is beautiful.

Sharon Jebb Smith

Hi there. Great to stumble on your blog. I'm arts and theology too, based in Aberdeen. Know anybody up this way, or even more widely who'd be interested in carrying on more of a conversation about this? Sharon


Wittily: Have you ever come across Shusaku Endo's novel 'Silence'? The Mother of God's love for the child so plain in the gaze of the picture you posted is a way of encountering, or imagining, the feminine dimension of God. Mothering - what a powerful, irresistable force! Just came across your blog and am going to enjoy it! Thank you.

Teeth Grinding

Thanks for sharing that lovely image.


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