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Isaiah

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One of the four major *prophets, Isaiah lived in the latter part of the eighth century B.C. in the southern Hebrew kingdom, as troubles with imperial Assyria escalated in the neighborhood. His lengthy book of sixty-six chapters (only the first thirty-nine often ascribed to him) is characterized by dramatic deeds, visions, and eloquent prophecies, many of which were interpreted by Christians as predictions of a future anointed king or Messiah (in Greek, Christos ). Hence, Isaiah plays a prominent role in Christian art and can be found in both western and Byzantine manuscript illustration, sculpture, and wall painting from the early Christian through Gothic period. He normally appears as a bearded figure in long robes, often holding a book or a scroll which may be inscribed with the words: Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filium ; “Behold a virgin/young woman shall conceive and bear a son”) understood by Christians to foretell the miraculous birth of Jesus to the Virgin *Mary . His prophecy (Isaiah 11:1) “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse” was also understood by Christians to allude to the birth of Jesus; hence Isaiah frequently appears in representations of the *Tree of Jesse. He is also shown with an *angel who touches and purifies his lips with a burning coal (Isaiah 6:5-7) or seeing a vision of *God enthroned with sera-   phim . His *death by being sawn in half (as described in apocryphal texts) is also depicted.
Ishaaq, Kamala (1939–) - PERSONAL HISTORY, INFLUENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS, The Crystalists, THE WORLD’S PERSPECTIVE, LEGACY, BIOGRAPHICAL HIGHLIGHTS, PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY: [next] [back] Ironside

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