- The stained glass window in the Chartres Cathedral (ca. 1200). This “luminous sermon” (used by Stoksted about stained glass windows of this era) gives an answer to the parable’s open-ended question of whether the elder brother went inside with his father to celebrate his brother’s return.
- Antonia Pulci’s play (late 15th century), which adds numerous details to the parable (e.g., the son asked for his inheritance after losing a great amount of money while gambling, the prodigal’s companions are the seven deadly sins, etc.).
- Albrecht Dürer’s The Prodigal Son among the Pigs (1496). This depiction of the son’s moment of repentance among the pigs is rare for its era.
- Benton’s lithograph (1939), which upends the meaning of the parable (e.g., the jarring representation of the “fatted calf”).
- The Blues song by Rev. Robert Wilkins, The Prodigal Son (redone by the Rolling Stones), with the development in the son’s understanding of the “way to get along” as the song progresses and the final statement of how we all are “to get along.”
- Benton’s lithograph
- Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear it Away (which incorporates the Sower parable in her characteristic way; the title of the novel comes from Matthew 11:12 in the Douay-Rheims Bible).
- Selections from Clarence Jordan’s interpretations
- Selections from Blues songs:
- Blind Willie Johnson, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.
- Blind Joe Taggart, God’s Going to Separate the Wheat from the Tares
- Rev. Robert Wilkins, The Prodigal Son
Which paper would you be more interested in hearing and discussing? If you would rather not comment here, you could send me an email privately.
Just in case you are interested in hearing one of the songs listed above: I don't know if a YouTube video will work on this blog, but if it doesn't, I will post the URL. This video is the Rolling Stones' version of The Prodigal Son, because, at three minutes, it is about six minutes shorter than the one by Rev. Wilkins: