Three Temptations.
 Hochhalter, Cara B.

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Three Temptations
Luke 4:1-13
"It seemed the perfect place to create this image while on retreat at The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu, New Mexico. The three temptations are depicted as the devil challenges Jesus to turn stone into bread, to become a ruler over all, and to test the angels’ protection. My image of Jesus did not look as anguished as I imagined when faced with temptations that would lure him away from his being in God. With a separate block depicting the Cholla cactus that grow along the paths in New Mexico, I created an overlay print. Someone told me, “Now it looks ‘prickly’!” What a good description of those times when we are tempted to use our own power and gifts for selfish reasons."

The Rev. Cara B. Hochhalter is a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. She received her Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, where she studied the intersections of art, theology and justice. She served the Charlemont Federated Church in Massachusetts for ten years and now lives in Hyde Park, New York.

“Over the last thirty years, through my work as a Christian Educator, a seminary student and UCC minister, I have created images that interpret the powerful stories around the life of Jesus. These stories hold universal truths not limited to Christianity but relevant for all our lives and times. I find that art provides a very special means to break into these texts.”

The images in her book, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus were created through the simple print-making process of carving out a block, applying ink and pulling a print. Cara says, “The interaction of light and dark is important in each image as we cannot have one without the other. The dark defines the light, and vice versa. I find this to be theological as we look to the whole—the light and the dark, the joy and the despair, the peace and the conflict—all under an umbrella of Divine Love that yearns for wholeness.”

Using her book, Cara also offers three online discussion groups: Jesus and Justice, Parables and Peace-making, and The Paradox of Humility in the Stories of Jesus.

To contact Cara B. Hochhalter for information about her art, to purchase signed prints of the images, or her book, A Challenging Peace in the Life and Stories of Jesus, please email:

Artist:Hochhalter, Cara B.

Scripture:Matthew 4:1-11
Luke 4:1-13
Person as Subject:Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:ALent01
General Subject:Temptation of Christ

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Copyright Source:Cara B. Hochhalter
Copyright Permission:The artist has granted permission for the non-commercial use of this image with attribution. The artist must be contacted for other uses.
Attribution:Hochhalter, Cara B.. Three Temptations, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 16, 2024]. Original source: Cara B. Hochhalter.
Record Number:59025 Last Updated: 2022-06-23 16:30:56 Record Created: 2021-10-24 18:48:12
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition