Thursday, February 4, 2016

The St. John's Bible-JOB

Job Frontispiece and Incipit, 2006
 Job 1:1-2:5
 Donald Jackson
 Scribes: POETRY- Brian Simpson; 
TEXT- Susan Leiper
Vellum, with ink, paint, silver and gold

"In this illustration we see a portrayal 
of Job's world at the beginning of the narrative. 
Reading the depiction from left to right, 
his world of riches and well-being descends
 into cha.
os as messengers announce
 to Job each misfortune that has befallen
 him in order to test his faith. The slender bars 
of gold and silver, meager as they are, 
represent God's presence.

The quotation on the opposite page
 is Job's response,
"Shall we receive the good 
at the hand of God and not receive the bad?"

When our world crumbles,
and we have descended into chaos-
look for the slivers of God's presence-
 they are ALWAYS there.

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