Open Thread, Tuesday 6 August 2013 – Transfiguration

Today is celebrated worldwide as the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor in the Holy Land, present site of the Church of the Transfiguration, containing the mosaic shown above.
The event, described in Matthew 17, has directly inspired much Christian art, like this painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch.
It is said to have indirectly inspired other work, as well, like this painting by Albert Bierstadt and a key moment in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.


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19 Responses to Open Thread, Tuesday 6 August 2013 – Transfiguration

  1. ZurichMike says:

    Lovely images — thanks for putting this all together. Here is some music for the day:

  2. freedom1781 says:

    Obama Visited Amazon 6 Days Before Founder Bought WaPo

    This was not a coincidence. It will be a trend, all with Obama’s AND Congress’ approval. There’s something really sneaky going on. Every once in awhile, clues come out, but nobody seems to pay attention to them. I do. I can’t provide all the links right now–really busy–but if you think we don’t have freedom of the press now, ya ain’t see nothin’ yet!

  3. Pistol Pete says:

    Poll: Obama Loses Trust of Middle Class
    Oh,No!..this will really hurt him in his next election….oh,wait

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    • ZurichMike says:

      “like pure blood flowing” — you know, the kind of blood that flows when your husband beats you for trying to get an education.

      • Ahhhh! That’s what the “temple” part means. I get it. Blood flowing from every forehead! Because his wives all talk too much. This Islamic decoding is easy. 🙂

        • barnslayer says:

          Could be more transparent than that. Remember, “temple” is another word for synagogue.
          Or it could refer to that lovely ceremony where they smack themselves in the head with knives or swords until they are bloody.

    • barnslayer says:

      Unfortunately, not new. TSA has been in the NYC subway system for well over a year. They are always accompanied by NYPD.

    • Harvey says:

      A. The acronym is creepy. Someone thought having “Viper teams” was clever. Not when they are being used against US citizens.

      B. “T.S.A. officials respond that the random searches are “special needs” or “administrative searches” that are exempt from probable cause because they further the government’s need to prevent terrorist attacks.” This is so wrong.

  5. Wash State legislator tells Tea Party to get ready for economic collapse.

  6. American tourist from Missouri snaps finger off 600-year-old statue in Italy, and the locals are pissed.
    Solaratov? What the hell are you doing in Italy? Those Italians just don’t appreciate the fancy trick shooting.

    • barnslayer says:

      Sir… maybe our flag is insulting to them. Oh, and a lot of them want us to give them jobs and a vote in how we do things… like shooting at Mexicans.

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