The Harrowing of Hell

We’re nearing the end of the Gospel of Nicodemus — a 4th century account of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion and resurrection that didn’t make it into the official New Testament. Even if this book doesn’t rise to the level of Scripture, I still find that it brings a deeply devotional imagination to the Text, which is…

Hymn of Praise

The Gospel of Nicodemus (a fourth century account of Jesus’ death and resurrection that didn’t make it into the official New Testament) contains this “prayer of the people”: (16.8) And all the people sang praises to the Lord, and said: Blessed is the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all…

The Guards at Jesus’ Tomb

Prelude: A Day Dawns                  W. Zeitler Postlude: Order of Chivalry: Justice    W. Zeitler I‘m still working through the Gospel of Nicodemus, a 4th century account of Jesus’ death and resurrection that didn’t make the cut for the official New Testament. One characteristic of this account is…

Order of Chivalry: Obedience

Prelude: Kaddish                 M. Ravel (1875-1937) Susan Addington, Flute Postlude: The Order of Chivalry: Obedience                  W. Zeitler Maurice Ravel composed “Deux Mélodies Hébraïques” (“Two Hebrew Melodies”) in 1914 for voice and piano. (Today we hear it on flute instead.) A few…