Advent gift

Things have been a bit quiet over here in the Auckland Theology blog of late. I’ll blame a hectic semester and the defection of our former comrade Robert Myles to his own (excellent) blog The Bible and Class Struggle. So, to make up for the recent lack of postings, I’m offering a gift for the festive season – an advent calender of biblical images in art, one for every day of advent. Some of these images will have a festal theme, others are just too lovely not to share.

The Bible in art is an increasingly popular area of biblical studies research, and has certainly captured the research imaginations of us biblical scholars here at the University of Auckland’s Theology department. You can find previous posts on this topic here and here. Also, watch out for more posts in the new year.

I’m aware that, in the southern hemisphere, I’m a day late starting this advent calender. In my defence, I’m a northerner at heart, so please bear with me.

To start us off, one of my favourite paintings from one of my favourite artists. Rembrandt’s glorious depiction of Belshazzar’s feast from the book of Daniel, chapter 5. The party theme and glowing lights in the painting should get us off to a good start in this festive season.

Rembrandt (1606-69), Belshazzar’s Feast (c.1635-38)

Here’s to the start of a happy festive time.

One thought on “Advent gift

  1. Stephen December 2, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Comrade Robert probably has abolished Advent and Christmas. We should remove his name from the Theology Christmas Party invitations.


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