Jesus appoints the twelve

The Twelve Apostles – Ethiopian icon

This is the story of Jesus appointing the twelve as told in the Gospel of Mark:

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

John the Baptist, African Style

John the Baptist – Jesus Mafa

This painting illustrates the beginning of the Jesus story, where John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, warning the people of Judea and Jerusalem that God was coming soon. John was said to wear clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, in the way of the prophet Elijah.

Jesus Mafa paintings like this one were produced in a collaboration between Mafa Christians communities in northern Cameroon and French missionaries in the 1970s.

Christian Art, Zaire Style

Zaire-Jesus-artist-unknownHow do you like this image? I know nothing about this image other than its supposed origins in Zaire.

I also know next to nothing about the history of Christianity in Zaire.

Are there any Africans out there that can enlighten me? It is a very colourful and thought provoking image so anything you can add would be most welcome.

Fear of a Black Jesus


This religiously inspired image, featuring a black Mary and baby Jesus, originally featured as an advertisement.

Does an image of a black Jesus disturb you?

If it does, why? Does it disturb you that its unhistorical? If so, does an image of a white Jesus disturb you just as much?


Ethopian Orthodox Christian Art – Virgin and Child

Virgin-and-child-ethiopian-orthodox Anonymous painter. Triptych with Virgin and Child Flanked by archangels, scenes from the life of Christ, apostles and Saint George and Saint Mercurius. Ethiopia (Gojjam?), late 17th century. Tempera on panel. 14 78 x 4 5/16 inches left; 15 1/8 x 9 inches center; 15 1/16 x 4 7/16 inches right. 36.7 museum purchased, the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 1996, from the Nancy and Robert Nooter Collection.

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