Friday, June 13, 2014

Chartres Cathedral (#9): Adam, Eve, and James

Here is a better picture of other elements of the "medallion" that I talked about last time. At the bottom of the photo is Jesus/Good Samaritan taking care of the wounded man in the inn. To the left Jesus/God creates Adam. Here the focus is on the center of the medallion, where Adam is placed (alone) in the Garden (Genesis 2:15).

Then comes Genesis 2:21-22: "So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man."

This scene is just to the right of the scene where Adam is alone in the Garden. Adam (on the left) is in a deep sleep, and Jesus/God is creating Eve, pulling her out of Adam's side.

The next scene, that I will discuss in the next post, prepares the way for the transition to the story in Genesis 3. It also begins to illustrate how an allegorical interpretation of the parable drives the construction of this window in the cathedral. But now we are still in "mid-sermon."

On a different subject, it was nice looking through the New Testament section in Blackwell's bookstore in Oxford (UK) yesterday and finding this:

Some great choices, but blue is my favorite color.

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