by Peter Liddell
from Modern Believing Vol 60;4 - October 2019


Both Luke and Rembrandt take their audiences on a Sabbath Day’s Walk. They converse with us, with each other and within themselves. This article takes readers on a journey with both these Companions. Part One observes nuances in the Greek of Luke’s text. Part Two considers three Rembrandt paintings in the light of Harry Guntrip’s observation that Michelangelo displayed an ‘obvious continuity of unconscious process’ in his representations of the Madonna. Part Three concludes by using George Didi-Huberman, Paul Ricoeur and Max Milner to offer a commentary on the Companion’s Conversation. They each help clarify how the Emmaus encounter in Luke and Rembrandt attests to the possibility and power of our ‘being moved’ on this Walk.


Art, Belief, Emmaus, Faith, Gospel of Luke, Luke, Religious Art, Rembrandt, Resurrection, Self, Theatre, Unconscious

You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.