Category Archives: Israel

The Death of God

MP3 Audio: WS330346_Dn-Joseph_The-Death-of-God.mp3 This homily was preached on Friday evening, April 18, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ What sort of a eulogy could be given for such a man? What sort of obituary … Continue reading

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The Israelite Exodus – Foreshadowing Baptism

About 80 years after the baptism of Moses, the time had come for all Israel to be delivered from Egypt.  God remembered the covenant which He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He listened to the prayers of … Continue reading

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Antioch, 1 Maccabees, and Palm Sunday

In the 4th century before Christ, there was a military general named Antiochus, with a son  named Seleucus. Seleucus served as a general under Alexander the Great, and after Alexander’s  death, he became the first king of the Seleucid empire. … Continue reading

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Bowing Down to a Faceless Idol

Before the Incarnation, it was idolatrous to make an image of God. Now that the Incarnation has taken place, it would be idolatrous not to make images of Him. When a religion rejects images of God, it sends the message that God is … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 787 A.D. - Nicea II, Exodus 32, Holy Images, Icons, Israel, John 1:14, John 2:19-21, Psalm 5:7, Sculpture, Worship | 8 Comments

The Circumcision of Baby Jesus

Happy New Year!  It is now January 1st, and the feast commemorated by the Church today is the celebration of Christ’s circumcision as an eight-day-old infant. Why would the Church celebrate such an event? How is Christ’s circumcision relevant to us? … Continue reading

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3D Orthodox Icons

In the previous article, we explored the Orthodox Church’s inheritance of iconography from ancient Israel.  Today, we will consider three-dimensional iconography in both Israel and the Church. The Orthodox Church is rich with icons, both 2D and 3D. Three-dimensional icons can … Continue reading

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Ancient Jewish Icons

Ancient Jewish synagogues were filled with icons. While Scripture required the inside of the Jerusalem Temple to display icons of angels, the icons in Jewish synagogues depicted numerous scenes from Scripture, including: The Rescue of Baby Moses, Moses and the Burning … Continue reading

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Christian Education in Ancient Israel

A number of modern Reformed Protestants say that Sunday-schools and youth groups are to be avoided. The LeClerc brothers have put together a documentary, intending to warn us of their dangers.  And R.C. Sproul Jr. has suggested that Sunday-school is a … Continue reading

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