Roadside Shrine of Presentation in the Temple.
 Obleitner, Karl, Jr.

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Title:Roadside Shrine of Presentation in the Temple
Notes:Roadside shrines are erected throughout Europe for the glory of God, as memorials for the dead or events, or as petitions to God and God’s saints. In this roadside shrine, we see a depiction of the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Simeon holds Jesus as he offers a sacrifice of two turtledoves (Luke 2:24) while Joseph and Mary look on lovingly. Jesus reaches out his hand to his mother with a sweet expression on his face. In Simeon’s praise, he says, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32). This is echoed in the inscription at the bottom of the shrine which translates, “The parents sacrifice their child to Simeon, proclaiming the light to enlighten the Gentiles from contradiction and pain.”
Artist:Obleitner, Karl, Jr.
Object/Function:Relief sculpture

Scripture:Luke 2:22-40
Lectionary links:BXmas01
General Subject:Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

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Attribution:Obleitner, Karl, Jr.. Roadside Shrine of Presentation in the Temple, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 18, 2024]. Original source:,_Jerzens_08.JPG.
Record Number:57245 Last Updated: 2023-08-10 11:37:17 Record Created: 2019-12-17 13:39:05
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition