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Title:Spears Are Beaten into Pruning Hooks
Notes:Quatrefoil on the western exterior, depicting Micah's prophecy regarding the future reign of peace in which nations beat their spears into pruning hooks and wage war no more.

First Sunday in Advent, Year A: The Hebrew Bible scripture passage for this Sunday is Isaiah, rather than Micah, but the theme is almost identical. Isaiah 2:4 reads, "He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." In the Amiens sculpture relief, two workers are fashioning spears into their new, peaceful form.

Date:1220-1240
Building:Cathédrale d'Amiens
Object/Function:Relief sculpture
Material:Stone
City/Town:Amiens
Country:France

Scripture:Micah 4:3
Isaiah 2:1-5
Person as Subject:Micah (Biblical prophet)
Lectionary links:AAdvt01
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Amiens -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:71O422
Index of Christian Art Number:20 A51 CND 14W,002 H2

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Attribution:Spears Are Beaten into Pruning Hooks, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=29241 [retrieved September 25, 2016].
Record Number:29241 Last Updated: 2011-01-12 12:13:40 Record Created: 2003-04-26 00:00:00
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