God-trodden chaos

God-trodden chaos

This vivid re-telling of Christ’s story evokes a human hunger for unity and enlightenment, and freedom from ‘God-trodden chaos’.  This frightening triologism can be seen almost nightly on the news.  This harsh God is also said to have had a stiff...
Heaven-kissed Carmel

Heaven-kissed Carmel

In Kazantzakis’ telling of the story of Jesus, his mother does not go through life beatifically accepting her God-ordained role and motherhood. Instead she is resentful of the smiting of her husband into paralysis and the miraculous birth of an unusual, troubled...
Newly-foliaged poplar

Newly-foliaged poplar

A curious tree for a Biblical era village, since the poplar isn’t a tree you associate with the region. And this innocent image is of a young Jesus almost choosing Mary Magdalene as his wife, and in so doing opting for a more conventional, less traumatic...
White-capped sea

White-capped sea

This is Jesus being spoken to by Peter, but unable to hear through the noise of his own turmoil or the roiling noise of the crowds come to witness an earlier crucifixion, for which Christ himself made the cross.  This is a surprising start to the story of Jesus, as...
Well-nourished horses

Well-nourished horses

A shocking juxtaposition of this attractive image of fine, strong, cared for horses, and their use by Roman cavalry as a form of crushing crowd control. ‘… and the proud well-nourished horses which trampled the Jewry underfoot.’   Source: Nikos...
Wheat-complexioned face

Wheat-complexioned face

You would not expect that this unusual hue – wheat-complexioned – describes a young and uncertain Jesus. Kazantzakis’ surprising version of Christ’s life was intended as a universal story of a man’s struggle and triumph, to lend...
Previously-unsoiled lintel

Previously-unsoiled lintel

A horribly vengeful way to clean an allegedly soiled lintel, from Kazantzakis’ lively version of Christ’s life. ‘Herod … had smeared forty adolescents with tar and ignited them as torches because they pulled down the golden eagle he had...
Stiff-necked God

Stiff-necked God

This is a tough God, stiff-necked here and elsewhere mentioned in the context of ‘God-trodden chaos’.  A curious image, God having a stiff neck. His relationship with his people seems as harsh as the Biblical sun at noon. ‘From every Jewish home the...
Stuff-pocket Zebedee

Stuff-pocket Zebedee

A hard-dealing merchant who makes money hand over fist. His elderly wife Salome is a more impressive character, however. ‘And old stuff-pocket Zebedee filled his own jars and barrels for the year with the commission he took for use of the press.’   Source:...

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