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Image and Inscription​*​. Scene 10: The Forty Days and Nights (Ex. 32​.​21​–​34)

from The Bible in Translation (disc 1) [album] by John Harvey



Scene 10: The Forty Days and Nights (Exodus 32.21–34.29):
Aaron tries to excuse the peoples’ sin;
The sons of Levi are told to slay the idolaters;
Moses ascends the mount to speak with God (Moses’ 6th ascent);
He laments the people’s sin, and beseeches God not to destroy them entirely;
God determines to send an angel before the people to punish them;
Moses returns God’s judgement to the people (6th descent);
The people repent;
God issues a warning against the people;
Moses pitches the Tabernacle outside the camp;
A cloudy pillar descends to the door of Tabernacle, where God speaks to Moses (God’s 2nd descent);
Moses appeals for God’s grace and a sign of his favour;
In response, God promises to reveal his glory to Moses;
God commissions Moses to hew two new stone tablets to replace those that he had broken;
Moses ascends the mount to speak with God (Moses’ 7th ascent);
God descends to Moses (God’s 3rd descent);
He passes before Moses, and renews his covenant with the people;
God warns the people not to compromise with their enemies, and commands them to destroy their idols and shrines while restating once more the prohibition on image making;
He issues various regulations and observances;
Moses writes the words of the covenant on the new tablets;
His face shines as a result of a forty-day and night confrontation with God;
He returns to the people with the new tablets (Moses’ 7th descent).


from The Bible in Translation (disc 1) [album], released September 1, 2016


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John Harvey Ceredigion, UK

I’m a practitioner and historian of sound art and visual art, and Emeritus Professor of Art at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, UK. My research field is the sonic and visual culture of religion. I explore the sonic articulations of the Christian religion by engaging visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. ... more

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