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Some Visual 'Effects' Of MT 14:22–33

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The issue of respecting historical distance and context applies to 'effects' as well as to biblical texts. In depictions of the story of walking on the water, questions arise about the physical appearance of Jesus and Peter. A number of the ambiguities of the written text are therefore resolved when it is depicted. For instance, the landscape (and seascape) in which Mt 14:22-33 occurs must be conveyed, and in its depiction lie interpretative choices about the degree of danger the disciples faced, the distance that Peter walked, and so on. The relationship between Jesus and Peter and the rest of the disciples is elucidated in the positions of the gures and their facial expression. Literary examinations of Gospel pericopae discuss the structure and artistry evident in the narrative. The Christian building itself resembles a wealthy family dwelling of the time and setting, with rooms grouped around a courtyard.

Keywords:biblical texts; Jesus; literary examination; Mt 14:22-33



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