Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Damaris and the Cartoons

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the word “cartoon”?

Depending on your age you might say…..Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, or Sponge Bob, right?

However, my subject matter doesn’t refer to those types of cartoons today.

Look at this Raphael painting below:

Raphael's depiction of Paul teaching at the Areopagus
THIS painting is referred to as a cartoon.  

Seriously…..a cartoon.

The dictionary advises a cartoon is a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art.  While the specific definition has changed over time, modern usage refers to a typically non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing or painting intended for satire, caricature, or humor, or the artistic style of such works.   The term actually originated in the Middle Ages and was used to refer to a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting, fresco tapestry, or stained glass window.

The above painting is part of a series referred to as The Raphael Cartoons he prepared for the Sistine Chapel, and shows Paul giving his sermon at the Areopagus or “Rock of Ares” which served as the High Court of Appeals for criminal and civil cases in the city of Athens.

Paul’s sermon is related in Acts 17: 16-34.  He drew inspiration for his sermon from the alter to the unknown god…..”The God who made the World and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.”
Upon entering Athens Paul had been upset by seeing the city full of idols.   He was taken to the Areopagus or High Court to explain himself.   What we have in Acts is one of the most full and most dramatic speeches Paul ever uttered.  He must have been very convincing because many in the crowd were converted.

Now look back at Raphel’s painting again. Notice the couple in the lower right corner.   Yes, a couple….as in husband and WIFE.    Art historians are certain this couple was added later by Raphael’s pupil, Giulio Romano because the man and woman don’t seem to fit in with relation to position or scale.

The couple is mentioned in Acts 17:34……Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed.  Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Demaris, and a number of others.

The woman's name is important.   She's listed with men in a place where men congregated in Athens.   

Why  was she mentioned?

It's very evident that she was a woman of high status or she wouldn't have been at the Areopagus.  In fact, John Chrysostom, the Archbishop of Constantinople, made the connection that Demaris was actually the wife of Dionysius thought Luke doesn't tell us.

Historians today aren't so sure.  Authors such as Robert Paul Seesengood, a biographer of Paul, agree there are no hard details to link the two......though in the whole scheme of things it doesn't really matter. 

What matters is Paul spoke...and people listened and were saved.

The cartoon detail is kind of interesting, too!!!


Goda said...

Very nice post. :)

Manish Kumar said...

Such a nice post! thanks for sharing..

Cheap Flights To Dubai
Cheap flights to Manila
Cheap flights to Kathmandu
Cheap flights to Bangkok
Cheap flights to New York
Cheap Flights To Miami
Cheap Flights To Orlando

Anonymous said...

When onitsuka tiger comes to classy footwear,
Rosetta Stone one of the best ways for 2011 will likely be classic shoes. an incredible classic footwear on the market has got to be the Onitsuka tiger mini.
Belstaff Leather JacketsThis content is made to give a quick presentation of this amazing running shoe. Tiger ShoesWe are going to check out the different features that the shoe has, along with alluring information.

Neo_ArCoT said...

Thanks, visited my blog


hotelsdiscount said...

Nice blog . . .

Booking Hotels Online ,Get 40 until 50% Discount of each hotels the website address is below :

Bali Hotels
Jakarta Hotels
Maldives Hotels

You can trust it . Low Rates and guaranteed Book Now! and Get your discount!!!Best Regards.

radio controlled helicopters said...

Till date I am think that cartoon is that Micky mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck. Reading here I have to change my defination of cartoon. I am not aware that what is cartoon but you have provide nice information about it. I appreciate you for the same.

fashionbags said...

Can you believe it is not a difficult thing to add your name or whatever you want on a cambridge satchel us bag any more? I have bought one online cambridge satchel 11 and found it has a good quality and cheaper than anyone, even the style is especially fit for students and they have many new products. So i want to introduce the website to you. You can get a
cambridge satchel coupon and enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

Good post .. I like your blog so much ..
Exam Questions
Test Papers

Slimharry said...

awesome post admin
How to Make money online?

Anonymous said...

However, there is another less time consuming true religion outletway to get cheap and trendy baby clothes - by buying them at wholesale prices on the internet. Mothers erroneously believe babyliss Prothat cheap wholesale baby clothes are only available in gigantic lots, Honda Fairingsbut that really isn't true.

qifei2012 said...

P90X is an extreme home fitness system designed to effectively whip you into shape in a three month period. In 90 days fitness trainer Tony Horton will push you to levels you never thought were possible. Through a year of careful research and design, the P90X workout DVDs were handcrafted to create a muscle-toning, fat burning sensation that has taken the fitness world by storm.

pachmarhi said...

Really amazing post. I m honored to be a visitor of your blog.

Sac Prada said...

firstCapricorn with counterparts in other detours is not the same , rigorous Capricorn rarely rotten peach or unknown ambiguous surrounded always Bengzhe mouth to create serious thought of methods Da Vinci bride dress such circumstances , most appropriate persons are discouraged , but some very strange or even looking for a challenge to stimulate those who may be attracted . Capricorn Once two worldwide , may be very tolerant of each other , allowing you those challengers lost interest . The helpless feelings en route forward and backward such Ningba . the br second Sagittarius striker want to promote freedom and fraternity , both let him when it comes to love no less cruising . Alert the shooter around the world tend to disregard the limits of affection and friendship have been accidentally fell in to the ambiguous air bridesmaid dress. Should the shooter very certain that they have determined to eat each other well when suddenly came news reports of each other to look for the relationship individuals , plus the shooter to remain depressed are not willing to continue the intention of shooting indiscriminately inside the circle of friends , roundabout course , farther and bend slightly Wedding Shawl. br third Pisces gentle and kindhearted Pisces just like day, located in the country of fantasy , romantic longing almost to become added degree Bari Jay wedding dress. Once someone which includes a romantic opening to testing the waters , fish are likely to be challenging parry Oh Flower Girl Dresses! Family and friends how advice , fish , just fall in love , totally dare to wander for love , for like to pay more than additional N times , even Seeing also desperately struggling for the go elsewhere feelings , is to forget many of the old memories of her with the hurt feelings show up if the detour go almost br [ : Source : Pacific women Network ] update time: [ 200896 6:30:00 ],]],,

Eileen Curie said...

It was really strange that even before I finished reading your article about this classic Maggie Sottero wedding dress I began to feel that you were a kind-hearted person Your article is very interesting and will be better if you can give more introduction of this Demetrios wedding dress. I wantto buy this jlm couture wedding dress while my fiancé prefers another. Could you help me and make friends with me?

周强 said...

I agree on the ideas about this Casablanca 1783 in your article! I have recommended it to the digg.com. I hope that this article can be read by more brides-to-be, who are in trouble of purchasing their Casablanca 1898.

周强 said...

I agree on the ideas about this Casablanca 1986 in your article! I have recommended it to the mixx.com. I will also introduce it to my friend, who is feeling it difficult to decide whether to buy this Casablanca 1979 or not! I suppose you can help her! And do you know where we can get cheap Casablanca 1771?

周强 said...

It's a good article in which your viewpoints are in total agreement with mine. As a wife-to-be who is going to have this jim hjelm jh8814 wedding dress on, I am grateful to you for your guidance and introduction of the uk wedding dresses . I'd like to show your article to my intimatefriend who has just bought this pronovias Wedding Dresses recently

sunny kumar said...

Forex Market is very high for internet Business Users, Latest Forex updates, forex tips, Currency exchange rates, Daily updates news about Forex

muhammad ibraheem said...

Best Beautiful Cars, Latest Hot Vehicles, Strange Cars, Super Cars Model, Funny Cars, Car Latest Models, Cars with Girls, Cars like helicopter and Most Speed and Expensive Cars

Mu Xia said...

While in with school, Derrick Went up are preferred towards very best workforce having averaged 20. 3 details, 9. 1 rebounds in addition to 8. 8 allows. Went up registered this NBA with reviewing the primary season, 04. 8 details, 3. 9 rebounds in addition to 6. 3 allows each activity all-around facts overcome Mayo, some sort of 09 th very best fresh Went up registered this Bulls from the primary season to help cause this Bulls to help enhance towards playoffs all over again,joakim noah jersey
derrick rose jersey
boozer jersey

muhammad ibraheem said...

Social Media Marketing is a very easy way for Marketing and Advertising, Now you can Get Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers, Favorites, Youtube Views,Subscribes,Likes, Google Plus Followers, Stumbleupon Followers, Digg Followers, Websites Visitors and Much More.
Just Visit the Website and Start Promoting now without any Charges

tahir sumar said...

Latest Hot Current Affairs, Entertainment News, Pictures, Videos, Latest Hot News updates, Business News, Online Marketing, Online Jobs, Mp3 Tunes, Latest Ringtones, Bollywood Girls, Entertainment Girls, Hot Girls and Most popular Affairs in the World
Daily News updates about Latest and Hot Current Affairs

news said...

Internet Online System is very usefull and Billions of Peoples use Internet and Many of the peoples want to make money online from home and make online business for a life time
We have the best Online earning System with Data Entry Jobs, Online Jobs, Network Marketing, SMS Earning, and Much More Online Work From home, Skype : Jobz.Corner

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog it's really nice.

Search Engine Marketing Company in india
Search Engine Optimization Company in india
Digital Marketing Company in india
Social Media Optimization Company in india
top web design companies
website design company
best website design companies
Website Design Companies
web development company india
web design company india

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog it's really nice.

best deals
travel deals
Cheap Deals
laptop deals
tv deals
online deals
best buy deals
great deals
camera deals

Habeib Khan said...

Lols Gag is the the Best Lol Network Ever, where you can every thing is lol and Funny, Troll Images, Funny Vidoes, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Epic Videos, Prank Videos, Fail Videos and Much More Fun and Entertainment, Lols and Gags, Lol Pictures, Lol Videos, Funny Pictures, Lol is the Laugh out of Laugh where you can Fun Unlimited and Laughing Unlimited.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...