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.

Jesus healing, Ethiopian style

Jesus Heals the Blind Man - unknown ethipian artist

“Jesus Heals the Blind Man” by an unknown Ethipian artist.

I sourced this from Sacred Pilgrim where you will find more Ethiopian Christian Art. It’s a real treasure trove. Unfortunately I couldn’t find who the artist was.

I find Ethiopian Christianity intriguing as it’s an example of Christianity that survived for millenia beyond the Christendom known to Europeans. You may recall from the book of Acts that an Ethiopian official was an early convert to Christianity. What may we learn from them I wonder?

Entry into Jerusalem, Ethiopian Style


I have not been able to track down the artist behind this image of “Our Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem” but I’m led to believe it originates from Ethiopia.

It is worth noting that Christianity in Ethiopia dates back to the first century, where it thrived for centuries, often in isolation from Europe. The story of the conversion of an Ethiopian official even made it into the New Testament, in the Acts of the Apostles. Christianity in Africa has very ancient roots.

Moses and the Ten Commandments

Moses and the Ten Commandments by Barbara Goshu
“Moses and the Ten Commandments” by Barbara Goshu

Above is an illustration of Moses and the Ten Commandments by Barbara Goshu. If you like it you can check out more of her icon-influenced Christian art at her website.

Here’s her bio: “Barbara Goshu is a Polish national, educated in the medieval city of Krakow. She studied graphic arts, painting and sculpture at Krakow University′s Academy of Fine Arts, one of Europe′s oldest and most prestigious institutes of higher learning. During her studies, Barbara was drawn to the mystery of Russian, Byzantine and Greek iconography. When she arrived to Ethiopia with her husband, she was particularly taken with the colorful stories of Ethiopia, the land of the queen of Sheba. Barbara responded passionately to the richness of Ethiopian civilization, immersing herself in the study of its art, culture and history. Once again the icon ­ this time in its Ethiopian form ­ fascinated her and she creates icons on wood, and paints magnificent paintings on rock as an outlet for her talent and as a method of understanding her new home.”

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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