Tuesday, August 13, 2019

"Through a Bible Lens" Provides Digital Age Insights for Rembrandt's Artwork

Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media is a highly acclaimed book by artist and art professor Mel Alexenberg that provides the conceptual background for the Global Tribute to Rembrandt on the 350th anniversary of his death. It speaks to Jews and Christians who share an abiding love of the Bible by inspiring the creation of a lively dialogue between the enduring biblical narrative and biblical themes in the art of Rembrandt.



 “He had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground, its top reaching up towards heaven as Divine angels were going up and down on it.” (Genesis 28:12)

The image on the book cover is based upon a serigraph in the collection of the Israel Museum that was created in Jerusalem by the book’s author.  It shows digitized Rembrandt angels ascending from a NASA satellite image of the Land of Israel while emerging from a smartphone.  It illustrates the biblical commentary that the angels in Jacob’s dream go up from the Land of Israel and come down to earth throughout the world.  A smartphone has the power to make this vision a reality.

The angels carry a message to each of the 70 biblical nations populated by the descendants of Noah that God “separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations” (Genesis 10: 5).  They convey God’s message that the nations of the world are not meant to speak one language as in the disastrous Tower of Babel episode.  Each nation has its unique and distinct voice to contribute to the grand planetary choir singing God’s praise.

"Angels Ascending from the Land of Israel," in the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

See praise for Through a Bible Lens by experts on art and digital culture, and Jewish and Christian spiritual leaders at Israel365.

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