Sarcophagus of Marcus Claudianus-Peter Striking the Rock and his Arrest.
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Title:Sarcophagus of Marcus Claudianus-Peter Striking the Rock and his Arrest
Notes:Although the subject matter presented by this sarcophagus is based upon the Apocryphal Acts of Peter, it presents the theme of the continuity of authority. This authority was first manifest in Moses' act of striking the rock to bring forth water (Exodus 17:1-7.) The rod that Moses used was a strong symbol of his authority to both lead the Israelites and to perform miracles. Here we see Peter performing the same activity, thereby strengthening his own authority, granted by Jesus, to lead the Christian Church. To the right of the scene of Peter's arrest, Christ is performing two miracles, the Wedding at Cana and a healing miracle. Christ holds a rod, symbolizing his own authority as the Son of God and as a miracle-worker.
Building:Museo Nazionale Romano

Scripture:Exodus 17:1-7
Matthew 21:23-32
Luke 21:5-19
Person as Subject:Peter, the Apostle (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:AProp21
General Subject:Authority

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Copyright Source:Prof. Lee M. Jefferson,
Copyright Permission:Donor must be contacted for permission.
Attribution:Sarcophagus of Marcus Claudianus-Peter Striking the Rock and his Arrest, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 19, 2024]. Original source: Prof. Lee M. Jefferson,
Record Number:54026 Last Updated: 2022-07-07 15:27:27 Record Created: 2008-07-08 10:05:43
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition