Scenes from the Bible

  Scenes from the Bible

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1970
Over sixty square panels with scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The panels are situated on the wall behind the pulpit, arranged around a large plain cross.

technique: painting

artist: Alan Fairhurst

New Jerusalem Congregational Church, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

The scenes were copied from an illustrated Bible, and painted on celiing tiles. They were unveiled by the artist's wife in 1970. A few are signed by the artist and dated 1969.

The presence of such a prominent array of illustrations of the Bible in a Non-conformist chapel is probably unique in Wales. However, the Calvinistic resistance to the imaging of Christ is still present, as frequently Christ's face is deliberately obscured, or he is shown from behind.


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Scenes from the BibleScenes from the BibleCreation and the Garden of EdenThe Tower of BabelAbraham and Isaac Blessing JacobThe Finding of Moses and Moses and the Burning BushThe PassoverMoses Receiving the Ten CommandmentsThe Ark of the Covenant and the Return of the Spies from CanaanThe Calling of SamuelDavid and GoliathThe Judgement of SolomonThe Ascension of ElijahGabriel Appears to Zechariah and John the Baptist in the WildernessOld Testament Prophet and the AnnunciationMap of Judah and the Journey to BethlehemThe Nativity and Children Coming to ChristThe Flight to Egypt and the Good SamaritanChrist Among the Doctors of the Law and with Mary and MarthaThe Wedding at Cana and Christ Teaching a CrowdA Paralytic is Lowered Down in the House Where Christ is TeachingThe Feeding of the Five Thousand and the TransfigurationThe Entry into Jerusalem and the Last SupperChrist and the Disciples in the Garden of GethsemaneScenes from the New TestamentScenes from the New TestamentThe Journey to EmmausThe Conversion of Saul

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  Scenes from the Bible

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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