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1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to deat...
Only July 4, 1840, in Philadelphia, PA, Charles Toppan engraved the plate that was used to make this print of the Declaration of Independ...
Hello, this is Frank DeFreitas. It has been my pleasure to bring to you the Wonders of the Bible U.S. Semiquincentennial collection for t...
Friday, April 28, 2017
I was honored to have Dr. Aaron Judkins (left with hat) attend one of my recent laser and holography presentations at the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas. Dr. Judkins -- also known as Maverick -- is a real-life Biblical world explorer, archaeologist, and researcher. You can find him as one of the explorers in the recent film, Finding Noah. It documents an incredible team trek to the summit of Mt. Ararat in search of remnants of Noah's Ark. His web site and FB page is Man vs. Archaeology in case you would like to see his Biblical adventures. I will be returning to Texas in October of 2017.
Monday, April 24, 2017
John 20:11-18: But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Our latest entry is by artist Domenico Mastroianni. He was born on January 1, 1876. Domenico was a contemporary of several very well-known artists, including impressionists Degas, Renoir, Pissarro and Manet. He was self-taught as a sculptor of clay dioramas. Because of limited money, he would often create his sculpture, photograph it, then tear it down in order to reuse the clay. His sculpture photographs appeared on many postcards. This entry, from the year 1910, is part of his "Life of Jesus" series, and is special because the entire series was shot in 3D stereo photography. You are viewing the right eye image of one of the stereograph cards. When placed in an antique stereoscope, the diorama comes alive in 3D. The entire series, which is considered quite scarce, is part of the Wonders of the Bible collection.
Thank you for looking and reading about today's selection. May God Bless You!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Luke 9:47-48: And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, and said unto them, whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
My latest post shows what is known as a "microphotograph". They were very popular in the 19th century. In order to see what was recorded, one had to place the slide under a microscope. It was not visible to the unaided eye at all. The image was the size of a speck of dust! This particular piece, part of my Wonders of the Bible collection, shows Jesus with children in a painting titled "Suffer little children come unto me." The painting is by A. Hemings, and the engraving is by G. B. Every. The microphotograph was created by John Benjamin Dancer (England) -- using a single candle as a light source! It is important to know that these scriptural microphotographs eventually led to the microfilm of the 20th century. Microfilm then led to the micro circuits of modern day computers, cell phones and satellites in space. The scientific and technological / electronic - photonic world that we know today began as micro-scripture in the mid- 19th century. God Bless You!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
2 Timothy 3:14-17: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
circa 1870's: Here we have a 19th century 3D stereo view card which is titled "Bible Study". It shows a grandmother reading the Holy Bible to her daughter and grand-daughter. The photo looks "flat" on your computer screen or phone, but when it is placed into a stereoscope, the scene opens up to the eyes and it becomes 3D ... as if you are in the room with them.
The Wonders of the Bible collection has one of the largest and most unique collections of Christian based 3D imaging history science and technology. Many of the pieces are rare and scarce, many others are one of a kind in the entire world, taken by independent stereo photographers in the 19th century of Christian church groups and events.
The collection also contains 3D laser holograms, lenticulars, film strips, stereoscopes, anaglyphs, vue-master and more.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Matthew 28:1-8: In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
circa 1940's: Here we have a short 10-second video showing an animated 3D lenticular changing from the Shroud of Turin to the Face of Christ. It is part of the Wonders of the Bible collection. The artist of the Face is Ariel Agemian. He received the degree of “Maestro d’Arte and a full professorship in art from the Academie of Fine Arts in Venice and a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua, Italy. In 1937 he came to America. He received two Gold Medals in art, from the “Association Artistiques” in Venice and the “Artistes Critiques” in Paris.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
John 19:33-37 … But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
This is a 3D replica of the Echmiadzin Lance. It is part of my "Wonders of the Bible" collection, and is scheduled to be shot as a 3-dimensional laser hologram. It is 14 inches long x 4.5 inches wide. It is antique Silver in color to appear as the original lance would have looked at the time.
The real lance, currently on display in a monastery in Armenia, was discovered during the First Crusade. In 1098 the crusader Peter Bartholomew reported that he had a vision in which St. Andrew told him that the Holy Lance was buried in St. Peter's Cathedral in Antioch. After much digging in the cathedral, a lance was discovered.
The painting of Jesus is a print by artist Warner Sallman, titled "The Head of Christ". It is from the 1940's, and it hung over my bed throughout my childhood.