Jonah 1 and Matthew 8:23-27

I have for some time been intrigued by the surface similarities between Jonah and Jesus, despite their overall differences. One such parallel is found in this post’s title accounts. In both cases, there is a storm at sea and a boat is in peril. The main character, however, is oblivious since he is sleeping below. The sailors, in desperation, turn to him for help and he calms the sea to save them.

Type/Antitype (2013) (11″ x 14″)
collage on canvas


Philemon

This short and personal letter of Paul’s reveals his wonderful ability to resolve an estrangement between two believers and, at the same time, to make some veiled comments regarding the institution of slavery.

Philemon (2014) (11 1/4″ x 5″ x 1 1/4″)
mixed media assemblage on modified cigar mold

Joshua 6

“And Blow Your House Down” (2009) (10″ x 10″)
collage on framed mirror
I like the title of this piece better than the piece itself. 
The story of the conquest of Jericho is an interesting one from an archeological point of view. As subsequent teams of archeologists explore this ancient city, the veracity of the biblical account is either confirmed or denied. The latest good evidence from a Canadian team of scholars appears to be very consistent with the account in Joshua.

Genesis 32

Night Wrestling (2009) (10″ x 10″)
collage on framed mirror
Jacob again finds himself at the border of his homeland, this time returning instead of fleeing, and again (as with the dream of the ladder to heaven) has a heavenly encounter. The footnote to my NRSV Study Bible notes perceptively, “Jacob had feared to see Esau’s face (v. 20), but instead saw God face to face and lived.”