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“Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, and laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.”- 1 Maccabees 3:47-48
Images often shape our opinion of how we view heroes, gods, goddesses, and even groups of people in other cultures. I fully believe that much of what we see now is a purposeful and planned deception to hide the truth. In this part we’re going to take a look at The Virgin Mary and how her image has changed over time.
The Most Common Depiction of The Virgin Mary
The above picture shows how Mary has been depicted since the Catholic Church began their crusade to repeal and replace all other images that show the truth. The entire Renaissance Period (1300 – 1700) was nothing more than a repainting of ethnic history and turning it into European images. Throughout this period they repainted angels, Biblical people, the Virgin Mary, and Christ. The following images depict a much older and very different depiction of Mary and Christ:
The statue above is possibly the most important of all the statues because the original was believed to have been made only 20 years after the death of Christ, and within the lifetime of eyewitnesses. This means that there wasn’t enough time for rumor and speculation of Christ’s race to be an issue.
What we know from history is that the majority of the black Biblical statues that are found around the world, predate the statues and paintings of Biblical people as European. As we continue with this series, the one question we’ll find ourselves asking over and over again is “why were Europeans so obsessed with replacing images of black Israel with Europeans?” Feel free to leave your questions and comments.
“O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.” – Jeremiah 16:19
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