Jesus raises Lazarus to life.

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Title:Jesus raises Lazarus to life
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

The Lazarus story comes alive in this painting of the Cameroon community’s dramatic interpretation. In this rendering of Lazarus’ resurrection, Jesus’ posture is dynamic, showing through his movements the call to Lazarus to rise and “Come out!” We see the joyous and surprised responses by the onlookers, who include his sisters Mary and Martha. Their hands are in a clapping, celebratory stance while they gaze at their brother whose face emotes a mixture of shock, relief, and happiness. This painting invokes within the viewer a sense of awe and elation similar to the story it portrays.


Scripture:John 11:1-45
John 11:32-44
Person as Subject:Lazarus, of Bethany (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:BAllS
General Subject:Raising from the Dead
Culture: African
Culture: Black
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. Jesus raises Lazarus to life, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 17, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48269 Last Updated: 2022-04-18 19:16:56 Record Created: 2006-12-15 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition