The original of this oil on panel painting is 48" high by 60" wide and is part of a very large collection of artwork by Peter Olsen that visually portrays the narrative of the book of Revelation and other books of the New and Old Testament.
Throughout the Bible, elders held a special place of recognition. Even so, they were chosen from everyday people...ordinary people of varying personalities and temperaments. According to a noted research book, in ancient times the older men of a community were known as the elders; they governed the community and made all major decisions.
Moses called the elders of Israel together to announce that the Lord had heard their cries for help and had appointed him to lead them out of Egypt. Later he called them out to institute the Passover. At Sinai, 70 of the elders went up the mountain with Moses and saw the God of Israel. In the wilderness, to relieve Moses. 70 elders shared his divine anointing . This type of society continued into New Testament times. The elders were men that were required to be blameless in their lives and obedient to the truth in their faith. Their duties involved spiritual oversight of the congregation and teaching the Word. The Book Revelation refers to 24 elders in heaven around the throne of God.
In this painting, the artist uses a cartoon illustrative style to portray a caricature, or personality sketch, of those called to collaborate as a council of wisdom.
April 21st, 2012
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