Choirstall woodcarving of the Pentecost, with tongues of fire descending upon the apostles, detail.
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Title:Choirstall woodcarving of the Pentecost, with tongues of fire descending upon the apostles, detail
Notes:"The divine self-disclosure at Pentecost was a dramatic theophany, accompanied by the sound of wind and tongues of fire. Pentecost was an event that not only harkened back to the dramatic events of the giving of the law at Sinai and the presence of God for the prophets, but also centred in God's self-disclosure in the Incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Pentecost theophany not only inaugurates the kingdom, but also looks forward to the final theophany of God in the parousia, when the Lord comes in judgement with signs of blood, fire and smoke (Acts 2:19-20). Tongues, like the kairos event of the Pentecost theophany, is a vehicle of divine self-disclosure that transforms language and hints at the future transformation of the world." (Althouse, 100)
Building:Cathédrale d'Amiens
Object/Function:Relief sculpture

Scripture:Acts 2:1-4
Lectionary links:APDay
General Subject:Pentecost
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Amiens -- Medieval, 500-1500

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Copyright Source:Collection of Anne Richardson Womack
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Attribution:Choirstall woodcarving of the Pentecost, with tongues of fire descending upon the apostles, detail, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 19, 2020]. Original source: Collection of Anne Richardson Womack.
Record Number:51555 Last Updated: 2014-04-15 14:55:43 Record Created: 2007-06-08 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Spirit of the last days
Author:Althouse, Peter
Publisher:Continuum International Publishing