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Image and Inscription​*​. Scene 8: The Two Visions; The Two Tables (Ex. 20​.​21​–​32​.​15)

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



Scene 8: The Two Visions; The Two Tablets (Exodus 20.21–32.15):
Moses draws near to the thick darkness, where God resides (Moses’
4th ascent). God speaks to Moses and restates his prohibition on image
making and idolatry;
He instructs Moses to set up of an altar to him on earth, and issues divers laws and ordinances to govern the people’s behaviour, as well as a further prohibition on image making;
Moses returns to the people, recounts to them what God has decreed, and writes it down in a book (Moses’ 4th descent);
The people make a peace offering to God;
Moses reads, and the people reaffirm, the covenant;
Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders ascend the mount to God (Moses’ 5th ascent (stage 1));
They have a vision of God and clear sapphire stone;
God promises to give Moses two stone tablets with the commandments written upon them;
Moses and Joshua go further up into the mount (Moses’ 5th ascent (stage 2));
Cloud covers the mount for six days;
God calls out of the cloud to Moses, while the people see God’s glory ‘like a devouring fire’;
God describes the design of the Tabernacle and its appurtenances, gives instructions regarding the consecration of the priests, and inaugurates a Sabbath observance;
He presents two stone tablets to Moses, with the commandments written upon them.


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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