From the “Australian Jesus” collection by Reg Mombassa
From the “Australian Jesus” collection of Reg Mombassa. It reads, “Australian Jesus enters the city with a selection of spring vegetables: a bucket and a basket of kisses.”
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.
Rastafarians have a very unusual take on Jesus. Rastas accept the existence of a single triune god, called Jah, who has incarnated on earth several times, including in the form of Jesus. They accept much of the Bible, although they believe that its message has been corrupted over time by Babylon, which is commonly identified with Western, white culture. Specifically, they accept the prophecies in the Book of Revelations concerning the second coming of the Messiah, which Rastas believe has already occurred in the form of Haile Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor from 1930 to 1974. Before his coronation, Selassie was known as Ras Tafari Makonnen, from which Rastafarian movement takes its name. Rastafarian images of Jesus seem to be almost invariably dreadlocked.