Dr. Taylor Gray
Lecturer in Biblical and Near Eastern Studies
Have you ever wondered what God looks like? What about Adam or Eve or angels? Well, you are not alone. For thousands of years, populations of the Near East have also wondered about the divine realm and imagined it. They left us with many depictions. When the Bible came to be, it came into a world already full of spiritual ideas and visions, a world of many gods and their legends. We have seals, statues, frescoes, jewelry, and sometimes entire structures that try to depict the divine. Whether these images have any truth to them or not is a separate question, but there is no doubt the people depicted in the biblical stories knew about these depictions of the divine. Perhaps some messages in the Bible are even related to the images of the gods. Dr. Taylor Gray invites you to take a fascinating journey with him through the iconography of the Near East as he considers how it can help us to understand the Bible and its world better.
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