- Apr 24, 2018
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funnily enough I haven't seen the images of Joseph depicted as an older man.. I thought the image above was the one that took from markings on what they claim to be the Shroud of Turin, but that's a different image... one of the ones that always gets me is how people think God is some old bearded man who lives on the clouds... I mean come on.. clearly not the intention of the artistsThe images we have today in paintings and print are certainly western culturally contrived.. A perfect example of this is how Joseph..Mary’s husband and Christ’s ‘Step-father’..is depicted in many paintings.. He is depicted as an older man..the purpose of this is to visually illustrate the fact that he could not father Jesus..or any children.. as he was too old to do so..(no viagra in those days!)..As such emphasising the point that Mary was a virgin and Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit..
Certainly some subliminal messages being conveyed..