Thursday, December 19, 2019

Intellectually Exciting Book that Stimulates the Sensory Palate: Thinks Brilliantly Outside the Box

Praise for Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media from Jewish and Christian spiritual leaders and experts on art and digital culture.

“An intellectually exciting book that stimulates the sensory palate.  Drawing from the Kabbalah and Hebrew traditions, Dr. Alexenberg shares in-depth, meaningful insights about encountering God in the creative process through photography.  Using photography as the vehicle, we are guided, one idea at a time, to an understanding of what the author means by, ’looking up, looking out, and looking inward.’” - T. Mandel Chenoweth, head of the Art Education Department, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

“For those of us familiar with the diverse and exhilarating work of Mel Alexenberg as an artist, educator and profound thinker, this latest book offers precisely the four things we would expect. The narrative thinks brilliantly outside the box. It synthesizes the realm of the abstruse and transcendent with the realm of the concrete and immanent. It crisscrosses disciplines, from science and technology to philosophy and mysticism to art as both historical and creative phenomena. Finally, the entirety is managed in a style both accessible and inviting. Those with prior knowledge of any or all of the disciplines from which Alexenberg draws will smile again and again in affirmation, and those entering without prior knowledge will be thrilled to understand things that they thought might be beyond them. This is one of those books that other thinkers will wish they had somehow thought about how to write, and to which readers of diverse sorts will simply respond by saying: wow!” - Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, author of Tradition and Transformation; professorial lecturer of Theology and Fine Arts, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

“I can feel your joy, warmth and good humor in your images. Your approach, while fundamentally spiritual and fired by a kindred spark as my own passion for seeing, is a mirror of a different sort of our mutual exploration of our humanity.” - Julie DuBose, author of Effortless Beauty: Photography as an Expression of Eye, Mind and Heart; director of The Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography, Colorado

Photo above is one of the one of the 50 photos in Through a Bible Lens. The photo relates to Abraham seeing three men (angels in disguise) approaching his tent as he calls out to his wife Sarah, “Hurry!  Take three measures of the finest flour!  Kneed it and make rolls!” (Genesis 18:6) Abraham then ran after a calf that ran away from him into a cave.  When he came close to intense light emanating from an opening at the end of the cave, he found himself standing at the entrance to the Garden of Eden. About to enter the pristine garden, he remembered that his wife and three guests were waiting for lunch back at the tent.

What should he do?  Should he trade paradise for a barbecue? The Bible tells us that he chose to return to the tent and join his wife in making a meal for their three guests. Abraham realized that paradise is what we create with our spouse at home. Other visions of paradise are either mirages or lies.

The photo shows my wife Miriam sprinkling scallions on a potato casserole as we work together to make lunch for our guests. We enjoy paradise in our kitchen. Enjoy life with the wife you love through all the days of your life.” (Ecclesiastes 9:9)  See the whole story and recipe at Bible Blog Your Life

THROUGH A BIBLE LENS explores the Bible, the best selling book in the world, from the viewpoint of life in today's digital era.

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