Author Archives: Victoria Emily Jones

Good-bye, and thank you (see you at ArtandTheology.org)

I’m sad to remind you that, as I announced in November, I am discontinuing The Jesus Question—but I’m happy to let you know that my new blog, Art & Theology, is now live! Please show me some love and share … Continue reading

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The Pensive Christ (Rupintojelis) of Lithuania

Before Rodin’s The Thinker, there was the Pensive Christ. Dating back to the late fourteenth century, this iconographic type shows Jesus sitting on a stone, bent over, supporting his head with one hand while resting the other on his knee. … Continue reading

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Stories about Jesus Christ, illustrated by David Popiashvili

The Moscow-based Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) exists to translate, publish, and distribute the Bible in the 130-plus languages of the non-Slavic peoples living in the Commonwealth of Independent States (that is, in former Soviet Union countries). In 2002 the … Continue reading

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Tee Time: Jesus Didn’t Tap

Found at www.jesusdidnttap.com.

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Dallas Willard talks gospel, grace, and spiritual discipline

Dallas Willard (1935–2013) was among the greatest Christian writers of the last century, in my estimation. He was known for his accessible teachings on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and how to be in relationship with … Continue reading

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Maria von Trapp, plus seven artists, on Jesus the refugee

Many of you know Maria von Trapp as the singing nun-turned-governess in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews immortalized the character in the 1965 film adaptation. Though the musical contains fictionalized details, Maria von Trapp (née Kutschera) … Continue reading

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Adoration of the Magi bark painting from Papua New Guinea

The organization Wycliffe Bible Translators is committed to translating the Bible not only into all the world’s written languages but into its visual languages as well. In 2011 Wycliffe missionary Peter Brook commissioned artist Nanias Maira, who belongs to the … Continue reading

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John O’Donohue reads his poem “The Nativity”

Renowned Irish poet John O’Donohue (1956–2008) wrote a poem on each of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, a set of meditations on key events in the life of Jesus. These are published, along with other poems, in his 2001 … Continue reading

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Christmas isn’t over

Excerpt from The Vigil: Keeping Watch in the Season of Christ’s Coming by Wendy M. Wright, pp. 116–17: The church does not abandon the celebration of Christmas on December twenty-sixth. Liturgically, the season stretches out for twelve more days and culminates … Continue reading

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More Nativity Paintings from around the World

Four years ago on Christmas Day I posted a selection of nativity paintings originating mainly in non-Western cultures. Each year since then that post has ranked as one of the five most-read posts on this site, with over twelve thousand views to … Continue reading

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