Jewish Jesus Art

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You’ve seen many paintings of the last supper before, but probably not like this. Which is a pity. Because it is true that Jews at the time of Jesus actually reclined at tables.

Consider these verses from the gospel according to Luke:

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. (Luke 7:36)

When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. (Luke 11:37)

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. (Luke 22:14)

I had always wondered how they reclined. As always, a picture tells a thousand words. You will see more paintings by this artist, Rod Borghese, at Jewish Jesus Art.

Explaining the Canon

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Yesterday I had to explain to my sons the difference between the Star Wars canon (Episodes 1-6) and the Star Wars apocrypha (the Clone Wars cartoons, the various spinoff novels, and the Youtube fandom movies). Watching the Clone Wars they kept asking, “Is this Episode 7?” No, no, it lacks the authority of the New 3 and the Old 3.

New theory on date of Last Supper

Finally an Easter publicity stunt I actually find interesting. In a new book, The Mystery of the Last Supper, physicist Sir Colin Humphrey argues that the last supper occurred on Wednesday, April 1, AD33, rather than on a Thursday.

He’s suggesting that Jesus celebrated the Passover early using a pre-exilic calendar, dating from before the Jewish exile to Babylon, but still used by some Jewish groups, which would explain the apparent inconsistencies between the synoptic gospels and that of John over the timing of the meal.

Last Supper at Sea

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Supper at Sea by ATLbladerunner

The artist writes: “This, my dearies, is my takeoff on Leonardo’s Last Supper. All of the characters are from the Thimble Theater strip by E.C. Segar, which later became just the Popeye comic strip. I tried to keep most of the characters in the same positions as the apostles are in Leonardo’s version, and tried to put in a few little fun things relating to the original. For instance, putting Olive in the same place as the apostle John, who some believe to be Mary Magdelene. I also had to put Brutus in the place of Judas Iscariot, and have him holding money (pieces of silver). Some theories also say that both Judas and Christ were reaching for the Eucharist in Leo’s version, so I included that too, replacing the bread with limes so they don’t get scurvy. And the cigar in the ashtray is a tribute to Popeye’s creator E.C. Segar who used to sign his drawings with a little cigar with the smoke forming the letter “S” in his name. The halo effect in the wood around Popeye was pretty much an accident, perhaps there was divine intervention? I originally debated putting more stuff in the background like nets, fishing poles, harpoons and all kinds of nautical shit, but the original had a big empty background so I decided against it. I think this one turned out pretty well and hopefully I can sell it for a boatload of money (no pun intended!).”

The Last Supper, Eastern Style

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“The Last Supper” by Tigermyuou

The artist writes: “I created my painting as Eastern style. (Thai and Persia Art) It’ have many symbolic more than old artists. I design Jesus standing post with cub’s grave wind, he is standing on the dove and graves carpet. It’s mean to the human and God will together but he must to stretched onto and then nailed to the cross. He pleads for mercy for the Sinners of the World. Christian belive the bible it’s the new testament God to Human. (sorry for my english)”

The Last Supper on the Dark Side

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“The Last Supper” by dr-thor-von-faust.

The artist writes: “my murky satire on the last supper; alternate title “She was always too busy to sit next to me”. People from left to right: Frederich Nietze, Dr. Sigmund Freud, Salvador Dali, Anton LaVey, Christoph Wilke, Mark Ryden, Dr. Thor Von Faust, ATOM!, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Joe Coleman, Josef Mengela, Marilyn Manson”

Last Supper of the Scientists

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Last Supper of the Scientists

This reimagining of the last supper features Galileo, Curie, Oppenheimer, Newton, Pasteur, Hawking, Einstein, Sagan, Edison, Aristotle, Tyson, Dawkins, Darwin. Seems like an Atheist’s religious dream, except Einstein was no Atheist. Now, was that an oops?