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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

May the virgin birth, life and ressurection of our Saviour Jesus Christ be in your hearts this Christmas season and throughout the upcoming year. God Bless You Today -- and Every Day. Merry Christmas to our world-wide Wonders of the Bible family. Frank and Debi DeFreitas.

Monday, December 17, 2018

ANGELS with Mary and Baby Jesus

ANGELS with Mary and Baby Jesus. Modern, 21st century 3-D lenticular recently aquired by the Wonders of the Bible collection. GOD BLESS YOU ... Today and Every Day. -- AND -- Show love to everyone you meet ... just as Jesus loves YOU!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Apostles Creed Micro Photograph

"I believe in GOD the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord." Shown here is a microscopic image of the Apostles Creed. It was made in the mid- 1800's by John Benjamin Dancer. It is so small that it cannot be seen by the human eye. A microscope is needed to read it (this photo was taken today through my microscope). Look at the detail contained within the area of a tiny little pin dot! It is truly a Wonder of the Bible! God Bless You … Today and Every Day! #apostlescreed

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The World's New Hope by artist Jean Delville

"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) / 1915 Print of "The World's New Hope" by artist Jean Delville. Wonders of the Bible Collection. May God Bless You … Today and Every Day! LIKE US NOW to see great Christian images throughout the upcoming 2019 year!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Title Page to Life of Christ Owned by Elvis Presley

The Life of Christ, title page of book once owned by entertainer ELVIS Presley. Although Elvis is known as "the king of rock and roll", his only musical awards (grammy) were given for his gospel albums. This title page is part of the pop culture collection of Wonders of the Bible. God Bless You ... Today and Every Day!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jozef Janssens / "The Night of Good Friday"

"The Night of Good Friday"; Year 1894; photo of painting by Jozef Janssens; Belgium; showing visiting pilgrims falling in prayer before a relic known as the Veil of Veronica: a cloth which was placed to the face of Jesus Christ and bore his facial image. God Bless You … Today and Every Day!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Nano Bible

NANO-BIBLE: It measures just 4.76mm on each side. Each silicon wafer chip contains all 27 books of the New Testament. Each letter has a width of about 0.18 microns (18 millionths of a meter), so an eight-inch (20.3cm) wafer can apparently contain more than 1,000 Bibles. Created utilizing a focused ion beam. The writing is so small that a microscope with a magnification of 10,000x is needed to read the text. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Oberammergau Passion Play: View-Master

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been a theatrical performance since 1634. In 1950, View-Master took their 3-D cameras and captured photography for their 3-D hand held viewers. This photo is from one of the three reels showing a scene from the resurrection. The play covers a short period of the earthly life of Jesus Christ: from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion. It is performed every ten years, with the next performance scheduled for 2020. The production is live and involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and technicians. Please excuse the somewhat blurry photo as my optics are packed away for a trip.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Eastern Christian Conference, Hershey, PA

Wonders of the Bible will be exhibiting at the Eastern Christian Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania from November 16 to 18, 2018. This will be our final event of the 2018 year. I do not know (yet) what number our booth will be. However, you can be certain that we will be the only booth with 3D laser holograms, micro / nano scripture, and other selected art, technology and science: past, present and future! God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! AND -- Love Others Just as Jesus Loves You!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rembrandt / Amand Durand: Return of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:21-24 -- "And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found." Read the entire story in your Bible: Luke 15:11-32. Art work shown is titled: Return of the Prodigal Son, 1636. After Rembrandt van Rijn; 19th Century by Amand Durand for the Louvre in Paris, France; Lugt 2934 red stamp verso; 153 x 134 mm (6.12 x 5.36 inch). Wonders of the Bible collection. God Bless You -- Today and EVERY DAY!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

View-Master Great Commission 1949

"Go forth and teach all nations." Cover art from the 1949 View-Master series. Each scene is a miniature dioramic “stage” built entirely by hand -- then shot onto film with a 3-D stereoscopic camera. I am the owner of several View-Master company Christian production files: with the scripts, original art work, and studio Kodachrome photography. As such, they are one of a kind, and icons of mid- 20th century popular culture. God Bless You!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Jesus @ Jerico

On the way to Jerusalem, they passed through Jericho. Two blind men by the roadside heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing. "Jesus, Lord, have mercy on us! We want our eyes opened!" Jesus touched their eyes: immediately they could see. Photo captured from an early View-Master 3D reel titled: "Jesus Christ: His Youth, Disciples and Miracles". Wonders of the Bible collection. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! Remember to Love Others just as Jesus Loves You!

Monday, October 29, 2018

The BibleGraph: Pre- Internet Search Engine!

BIBLE-GRAPH 1940's - 1950's: Here is a "Biblegraph", from my Wonders of the Bible collection. If someone needed Biblical guidance, they would choose the topic, along with the day of the week, and the Biblegraph would give the precise Biblical scripture (book, chapter and verse) to read for that day. It served the same function as an internet search engine -- before the age of electronics! It also helped to get people through difficult times and situations with Biblical advice. God Bless You!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Christian Tract Art

ISAIAH 45:22 -- "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." / You won't find many museums or galleries giving exhibits of the lowly paper religious tracts that have been printed in the millions upon millions. But I do not ignore them! I find their art work and design to be celebrated and seen. Here is one from the World Missionary Press. These are what are known as "throw aways" because so few people would keep them. I have religious ephemera going back over 150 years in my Wonders of the Bible collection. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! -- AND -- Love everyone you meet … just as Jesus Christ loves YOU!

3-D Super Xograph Post Card

LUKE 18:16 -- "… Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Here we have a 3-D "super xograph" post card from the 1950's - 1960's. The title is "Children Praying". These Christian-themed post cards were very popular back in the mid 20th century; and people would send them and trade them between each other. Today, they are collectibles, and many are still available online that have never been used. May God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! Psalm 4:8 tells us: "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety."

Monday, October 22, 2018

NASA Lunar LASER Ranging Experiments: Proof of Young Earth?

What can a Laser tell us about Biblical Creation?

There are more earth/moon, system/age creation theories than I have fingers and toes. Scholars and experts have labored throughout history creating their very own accounts of the origins of the universe (and our earth-moon system in particular). As such, there are plenty of theories to choose from. But Jesus Christ does not play the multiple choice game. My presentation demonstrates that there is only ONE choice, and that it can be verified through modern laser technology: God created the universe during six 24-hour days; circa 6,000 years ago; placed the moon on day four of creation; and that the earth-moon system has remained stable ever since.

Whether one is learning about the theories behind an "old earth" at 4.5 billion years (and counting), or a "young earth" at circa 6,000 years, it nearly always turns out to be a complex, complicated affair. You may ask: "What Biblical creation information can we derive from the compiled data of the NASA Lunar Laser Ranging Experiments?". The answer is: "A LOT!".

Traditionally, many young earth proponents waste much time and effort to show how the 4.5 billion year evolutionary age theories of the earth are incorrect. I say forget it. If they don't match up with the Bible, they are ALL incorrect! My approach is different: I focus on how the young earth Biblical account of Genesis IS correct. Observationally correct. Mathematically correct. Miraculously correct.

Hello, my name is Frank DeFreitas. I have spent every day of my entire adult life working with the Nobel prize-winning fields of lasers and holography, co-wrote the world's best selling student instructional book on lasers and holography, and designed and built my own laser optical system for making 3D holograms. I am now happily retired, but continue to give presentations on Biblical based art, science and communication technologies.

It is November 2018. I am now back home after the second annual Creation Celebration Conference in Newark, Delaware, and my inaugural presentation of "NASA Lunar Laser Ranging Experiments: Proof of Young Earth?". Shown here in this photo (taken before I left), I am holding a lunar meteorite moon rock sample (NWA 5000) in tweezers, next to a retroreflector held in an Edmund Scientific optics mount (I saw my first laser beam and 3D hologram at Edmunds showroom as a kid ... waaaay back in 1968!).

The presentation was very well-received, and I hope that -- at the very least -- I was able to demystify the technical aspects of the NASA Apollo program Lunar Laser experiments: What is a Laser? How do they work? What were the NASA Apollo Laser experiments? What is a retroreflector? How does it function? Where are they located on the moon? How does it all tie in to the Biblical account of creation? Why is the truth about Genesis an important foundation of our faith?

Along with the technical, I also took the liberty to compare the complexities and variables of a 4.5 billion year age of the earth, to the mathematical simplistic beauty of God's placement of the moon on day four of creation for a young earth. Here I am referring to a "young earth" as the creation of our universe in six, twenty-four hour days, six-thousand years ago via the chronology of the first book of Moses, Genesis, in the Christian Holy Bible.

Using a safe, low-power classroom laser, I gave a demonstration showing how we bounce laser beams off the moon, utilizing an actual retroreflector assembly. I included a larger laser plasma tube for attendees to examine, and I used it to explain how a gas laser operates. There were also 3D laser holograms and various examples of micro / nano scripture on display. Attendees then had the opportunity to "Touch the Moon" ... a very popular activity with a lunar meteorite moon rock ... a piece of the famous NWA 5000. Not many people can say that they have touched the moon! After all, the moon is God's creation, too!

Upon completion of my presentation, attendees were (hopefully) more knowledgeable about lasers, optics, the NASA Apollo moon program, and how it all ties in to Biblical creation. Some of the younger audience members watched and heard -- for the very first time -- the Apollo 8 crew reading the Christmas Eve Biblical Genesis 1 message. They did not even know that it ever took place. One audience member shared with me how much the experience had moved them.

I also hope I was able to show that -- sometimes -- it is a waste of time, effort, and resources to always try to prove the other side wrong. Just keep your eyes on Jesus Christ and His Holy Word and keep moving forward. I do not care if a segment of the world wants to think that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Why? Because the Bible has it right: God put the moon in place on Day 4 of creation ... and today it remains where He put it. As I calculate in my presentation, the NASA Lunar Laser Ranging Experiments show this to be true. And you don't need a Ph.D. to understand it.

It may not end the debate ... but will give audience members a LOT to think about!

Included in this Exhibit / Presentation:

* Power Point Presentation
A power point presentation covering the history and workings of the NASA Lunar Laser Ranging Experiments (with demonstrations, noted below), and presenting my case for a young earth interpretation of the collected data.

* Live Demonstration of a Laser / Retro reflector
See and learn how a laser works and how it creates a Laser "beam". See and learn how the Apollo retro reflectors work on the surface of the moon.

* 3D Laser Holograms
A tabletop display of 3-dimensional laser holograms. Featuring Biblical artifacts as seen in top museums around the world: the Louvre in Paris; the British Museum in London; and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

* Moon & Scripture Exhibit
Biblical depictions of the moon, along with ancient tablets, scrolls and Bible pages.

* Microscopical Samples
View thin-slice samples dealing with the creation and formation of the Earth, moon and solar system, up-close via microscopes. Featuring the famous Allende meteorite (the best-studied meteorite in history), NWA 5000 lunar meteorite, and Strelley Pool Stromatolite microfossils.

* Famous Lunar Meteorite Moon Rock (NWA 5000)
A crowd favorite! You may never meet another person in your entire life on Earth that has touched the moon. Hold a piece of the moon in your hand, and say "I touched the moon!". The moon is God's creation too!

* Study Guide with Resources

* And always a few surprises...


MARCH 5, 2019: Scientific and Biblical Creationist Fellowship; 808 Old Baltimore Pike; Newark, DE 19702. 7:30 PM (Pay attention to any snow information). WEBSITE

APRIL 6, 2019: Creation Evidence Museum; 3102 FM 205; Glen Rose, TX 76043; All Day Exhibition; 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM lecture / presentation. WEBSITE

MAY 7, 2019: Institute for Scientific and Biblical Creation; 1383 Arcadia Road; Lancaster, PA; 17601. 6:30 PM WEBSITE

Call for a 2019 presentation: (484) 387-5320 or email: director@wondersofthebible.org

Friday, October 19, 2018

Wonders of the Bible @ Creation Conference 2018

I will be presenting "NASA Lunar Laser Ranging Experiments: Proof of Young Earth?" at the above creation conference. I will also be providing a room of exhibition items. My presentation time is 10:30 on Saturday, October 20th. The conference is being held at Grace Church, 355 Papermill Rd., Newark, Delaware. For more information, or to register, please visit their web site at www.graceofdelaware.com.

Next month (November) I will be in Hershey, Pennsylvania. More info. on that soon.

Friday, October 12, 2018

John Proclaiming the Messiah

May GOD BLESS YOU ... Today and EVERY Day. Today's selection is a microphotograph titled: "John Proclaiming the Messiah", by John Stovin in the year 1859. The microphotograph is of an engraving from an earlier period. It is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The microphotograph is so small that it has to be viewed through a microscope. Part of my Wonders of the Bible collection. Always know that Jesus loves you. You are never alone. You are always safe in his loving arms. Day ... and night.

Miniature Gutenberg Bible

TINY BIBLE: One of the smallest versions of the great Gutenberg Bible. The original was much larger and was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s. It is noted as the first book printed using movable metal type in Europe. This miniature version is a modern day printing. I continue to search the world over for the smallest Biblical scripture ever made. Some of it is printed, some is hand written, and some is through the use of various methods such as microphotography, and nano technologies. All part of bringing the Wonders of the Bible to YOU. May GOD BLESS YOU ... Today and Every Day! AND ... Remember to show love to everyone you meet ... just as Jesus Christ loves YOU!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The 3D Face in the Shroud

The Face in the Shroud: Here is a life-sized 3-D lenticular rendering of the face in the Shroud of Turin. It was produced by Dutch Holographic Laboratories (this is the lenticular version of their famous "face in the shroud" laser hologram). The data was created by capturing densitometer readings of an original 1931 photograph by Giussepe Enrie. The density readings were then converted from grey scale levels to levels of depth. In other words, each level of density was assigned an associated level of closeness to the viewer, or further away from the viewer. As someone who has worked with image densitometers for several decades, I can verify that these 3-D results are accurate and authentic. Why do I feel that they are accurate and authentic? Because I can reproduce the exact matching results during public demonstrations. This density information does not verify WHO or WHAT the Shroud of Turin is an image of. But it absolutely verifies that there *IS* 3-D information 'encoded' into the Shroud of Turin. GOD BLESS YOU -- Today and Every Day!

Friday, September 21, 2018

WWII Bible for American Troops

The World's Smallest BIBLE in 1941. It was special to men and women in the armed forces. It included a message from then (1941) President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt: "As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel, and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul. Very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt." This is part of the Wonders of the Bible collection. God Bless You … Today and Every Day! AND … Remember to Love Others just as Jesus Loves YOU!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Edison's Micro Script Handwriting

I now have a web page dedicated to the micro script handwriting of Thomas Edison. It gives a bit of history on micro and nano scripture, but focuses primarily on Edison and his Lord's Prayer. You can access the page HERE (web page is McAfee secure).

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Thomas Edison and his Lord's Prayer

Thomas Edison is well known (also) for his penmanship: practicing scripts, and inventing typographical fonts for the printing press. Shown here greatly enlarged, his micro script of the opening line of the Lord's Prayer must have taken much time and effort. "Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name", and then his signature. A recent acquisition (as of Sept. 2018). We have a fine collection of Micro and Nano scripture / art, and this exemplar has to be the jewel in the collection crown. Inspected, authenticated and officially certified (#83790641) through PSA/DNA, it is verified as the ONLY known example of its kind in the world. We display this item illuminated via a 19th century Edison light bulb.

Update: I now have a web page dedicated to the micro script handwriting of Thomas Edison. It gives a bit of history on micro and nano scripture, but focuses primarily on Edison and his Lord's Prayer. You can access the page HERE (web page is McAfee secure).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Michaelangelo's Pieta: 3D Lenticular Post Card

JESUS being held by his mother Mary after his crucifixion. It is a sculpture better known as "La Pietà". It was carved in marble by the world famous artist Michaelangelo in the year 1498. This photo shows a 3-D lenticular post card of the sculpture. It dates to the 1950s-60s, when sending and receiving religious post cards was popular. Follow Wonders of the Bible to enjoy great Christian visual art, science and technology: past, present and future. May GOD BLESS YOU … Today and EVERY DAY!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Raphael's Madonna of the Chair Microphotograph

Here I am holding the WORLD'S SMALLEST micro photograph of Raphael's "The Madonna of the Chair". In this famous painting, created in the year 1514, the Virgin Mary is shown holding the infant Jesus, while a young John the Baptist looks on. This image is so small, that it cannot be seen with the human eye. It can only be seen through a microscope (shown enlarged, inset). A beautiful example of how 19th century (1800's) scientists and technicians proclaimed Jesus Christ through their work. God Bless You ... Today and Every Day! AND ... Love each another, just as Jesus loves YOU!

Noah's Sacrifice Microphotograph

Genesis 8:20 "And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar." Here we have a 19th century engraving of a painting entitled "Noah's Sacrifice". The painting was by Nicolas Poussin (1594- 1665), and the engraving (shown) by William Henry Egleton (1833-1862). Engravings are a great and affordable way to collecting famous paintings. I also happen to have this painting as a 19th century microphotograph. It is so small, that it cannot be seen with the unaided human eye. It must be placed under a microscope to see it. It is truly one of the Wonders of the Bible. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! AND… Remember to love one another, just as Jesus loves YOU...

Friday, September 7, 2018

History of Plastic

We take plastics for granted in the 21st century. But, at one time, it was a never-before-seen futuristic material. If you look up the history of plastic, many sources state that modern plastic was a 20th century invention. However, its very first appearance to the public was as a mouldable resin at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, USA, as shown in this right-eye view of a 19th century stereograph. Note how it lists the display as "Plastic Figurines".

1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, USA. The first official World's Fair in the United States. 37 countries were represented, and nearly 10 million people visited from around thw world. This photo is of the full, 3-D stereoview featuring one of the religious displays. It was promoting a new mouldable resin that would become today's plastic.

The Centennial Photographic Company was the exclusive 3D photographers for the Exhibition, issuing more than 4,000 stereo view cards.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

View-Master: Jesus Saving Peter

PETER stepped out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. He felt the wind's tug; saw the steep waves. He was afraid. He began to sink! "Lord save me!" he shouted. Jesus stretched out his hand and pulled Peter up. "O you of little faith! Why did you doubt?"

Selection taken from vintage 3D View-Master reel "Jesus Christ: His Youth, Disciples, Miracles", circa 1940's / 50's. May GOD BLESS YOU throughout this week!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Choir Stereograph

A comical stereograph from 1899 shows someone singing badly with their church choir ... while they make faces and hold their ears! There weren't many funny Christian 3D stereo view cards made, but there are a few. These provided entertainment long before radio, television, and the internet. I am currently building an entire online archives of my 19th century Christian based stereograph collection. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day!

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Lord's Prayer Cross

The Lord's Prayer Cross, circa 1859: These were very popular in the 19th century. People would stand in long lines and wait to read them at scientific expositions. They were invented by René Dagron, a french photographer, after he viewed the microphotographs of John Benjamin Dancer. This cross contains a very small microscopic picture of the Lord's Prayer. It is attached to a cylindrical lens which is embedded in the cross and enlarges the image. Biblical scripture microphotography eventually led to microfilm; which then led to micro photo lithography; which led to today's computer chips, smart phones, and space programs. My Wonders of the Bible collection may very well be the largest holding of micro- and nano typographic Biblical scripture in the world today. God Bless You … Today and Every Day! AND … remember to love others, just as Jesus Christ loves YOU!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Shroud of Turin 1898 Commemorative Cloth

This is a souvenir of the solemn exposition of the Holy Shroud, Turin Italy, May 1898. Only a very limited number of commemoratives were issued (some say only 100 pieces), and each piece was touched to the Shroud of Turin with the approval of the ecclesiastical authority. It is also considered historically important because it is the last iconographic depiction of the Shroud before the famous first photographs were taken by Secondo Pia. The center piece shows what the image in the Shroud looked like when viewing it with the unaided eye. There are people that believe the Shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ … and there are people that do not. Regardless, the Shroud of Turin is the most scientifically studied ancient artifact in world history. May God Bless You Today … and Every Day!

(above) close-up detail of the 1898 Shroud of Turin Commemorative Cloth. One has to be viewing the cloth at a certain angle in order for the image in the cloth to become visible. It has been stated that the actual Shroud of Turin relies on viewer geometry as well for the best image.

(above) close-up detail of the illustrated depiction of the Shroud Image. This may be the closest that one can come to actually seeing the Shroud Image without actually being at an exhibition.

(above) a photographic negative reversal of the image (black and white).

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Noah's Sacrifice

Genesis 8:20 "And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar." Here we have a 19th century engraving of a painting entitled "Noah's Sacrifice". The painting was by Nicolas Poussin (1594- 1665), and the engraving (shown) by William Henry Egleton (1833-1862). Engravings are a great and affordable way to collecting famous paintings. I also happen to have this painting as a 19th century microphotograph. It is so small, that it cannot be seen with the unaided human eye. It must be placed under a microscope to see it. It is truly one of the Wonders of the Bible. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day! AND… Remember to love one another, just as Jesus loves YOU...

Monday, July 30, 2018

World Maker Faire New York 2018 -- Holograms

Do you have friends and family in the New York City, USA, area? If so, let them know that we will be exhibiting at World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, September 22 and 23, 2018. Our exhbit is titled "Ancient Investigations: The Shroud and Chalice". We will have 3D laser holograms, micro and nano scripture, as well as other historical imaging science and technology relating to the Shroud of Turin and the Great Chalice of Antioch. God Bless You!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

View-Master: The Ascension

The Ascension: from an early 1940's-50's children's 3D film reel from View-Master. It depicts Jesus rising into Heaven. These scenes and figures were modeled entirely by hand, and shot onto early Kodachrome film. When placed into a stereoscopic viewer, the scene would be in full-color 3D. My Wonders of the Bible collection has one of the largest libraries of Christian 3D imaging technology in the world. Many pieces are the original studio large-format film masters. God Bless You Today -- and Every Day ... AND ... remember to love others, just as Jesus loves YOU!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Veil of Veronica 1649 engraving by Claude Mellan

Believe It or Not: This 1649 engraving of the Veil of Saint Veronica was made with one non-stop, outwardly spiraling line.

The engraver, Claude Mellan, turned and adjusted his engraving pen -- thicker and thinner, starting at the tip of the nose (shown above) -- as he continued to rotate the plate with his other hand.

The line never stops. When you view it up close, it is just a spiral. When viewed far away, it is the face of Jesus Christ.

God Bless You -- Today and Every Day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Secondo Pia 1898 Shroud of Turin Photo

Officially stamped Shroud-of-Turin albumen photo from the original glass plate negative of Secondo Pia in 1898. This was the very first photo ever taken of the Holy Shroud. It captured the light that was reflected off the Shroud, and stored this moment in time ... when Secondo Pia opened the shutter of his camera on the evening of May 28, 1898. Contains the seals and signatures of Torino church officials. Not to be confused with a similar, much smaller rendition that is a lithograph. This has an actual albumen photo affixed (with the officiating seal emobossed into the lower left-hand corner of the photograph). Seeing this historical artifact in person -- one of only a few in the entire world -- is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will be taking this piece on the road with me in future Wonders of the Bible exhibits -- including 2018 World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, September 22 and 23. God Bless You -- Today and Every Day. AND love one another, just as Jesus loves YOU.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Shroud of Turin Exhibition Post Card 1933

Let's make July 2018 "Shroud of Turin" month here at Wonders of the Bible. This post shows a commemorative post card from the 1933 exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin, Italy. I'll have more postings coming up. And, as always, "God Bless You Today ... and Every Day!".

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Face in the Shroud

Can you see the face in the shroud? I took this photograph of an official Vatican authorized Shroud of Turin reproduction in Philadelphia, PA, USA. There are nine such "official" replicas in the world today. They are extremely accurate to the smallest detail. What you are seeing is a very accurate digital photograph of the face in the shroud (although a compressed JPG file). Just as it would appear to you in person. This is what the face truly looks like. May God Bless You -- Today and Every Day!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rembrandt: Jesus Heals a Leper

May God Bless you today and every day in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I now share with you this 19th century collotype of Rembrandt's famous drawing "Jesus Heals a Leper" from my Wonders of the Bible collection; c. 1655-60; Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet. LUKE 5:12-13 -- "And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him."

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Crown of Thorns / Shroud of Turin

May God Bless You Today, and Every Day: Crown of Thorns replica placed upon a second-generation photograph of the Shroud of Turin. Part of the Wonders of the Bible collection. The photo is so clear that if you enlarge it, you can see the herringbone weave pattern of the linen shroud itself. The reverse contains this prayer, approved by the Archbishop of Turin during the 1933 exposition year: "O Lord Jesus, Who, didst leave to us upon the Holy Shroud the Image of Thy Holy Face … together with the imprint of Thy Sacred Body … tortured and put to death for our salvation: grant, through the merits of Thy Sufferings, that, venerating on earth, the Image of Thy Holy Face upon which the very angels long to gaze, we may be made worthy to contemplate It forever in Heaven. Amen."

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jesus Black Light Poster 1971

An original 1971 "Sermon on the Mount" poster by artist Roberta Ehrlich, published by Third Eye, Inc. of New York City, NY, USA. It contains scripture from St. Matthew 5:1-9. It is part of my 1960s-1970s pop-culture category of Wonders of the Bible. It is a fluorescent "black-light" poster, which glows very brightly when illuminated. God Bless You Today -- and EVERY Day! Remember to love others just as Jesus loves YOU!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Latin and Hebrew Bible

Here is an interesting Latin and Hebrew *New Testament* Bible page from the 1600's that I have in my collection. It reads from the Gospel of St. John, chapter 8, verses 1 to 12: "Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." -- May God Bless You Today -- and EVERY DAY! Show kindness to ALL others, and love them … as Jesus loves you. Love, Pop-pop (Frank DeFreitas, Wonders of the Bible).