[Milton-L] Fwd: somewhat off topic art question

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 1 14:49:57 EST 2008

Interesting query. I've never seen any images of a winged Jesus, but you probably know that the 'image' comes from Malachi 4:2:
  "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." Malachi 4:2, KJV

  I wonder if the KJV translators were making a pun on "Son of righteousness," for I notice that they've capitalized "Sun."
  By the way, the image of a winged sun is rather ancient. See the image identified as Work 53 at this website:
  There's also this image:
  Of course, you're not interested in these, I know, but I'm providing more of that 'drossiest volume' for a refiner's fire...
  Jeffery Hodges
gilliaca at jmu.edu wrote:
  As you can see, I suffered a memory malfunction when I first tried to send this to the list. I'd be obliged if any of you can direct me to images of Jesus with wings!

---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 13:40:57 -0500 (EST)
>Subject: somewhat off topic art question 
>To: milton-l at listerv.richmond.edu
>This year during the Christmas Eve service, as we were singing one of my favorite hymns, I finally resolved to answer a question about the 3rd stanza of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" that has niggled at me for a couple of years. 
>This refers to Jesus:
>"Risen with healing in his wings, light and life to all he brings."
>Light and life - not an issue. Healing - not an issue.
>"... in his WINGS?"
>I asked this on another list, and someone suggested that William Blake had several images of a winged Jesus, as did Renaissance paintings. 
>I've emailed our excellent young Romanticist to ask about Blake, about whom I am woefully ignorant.
>I'm asking folks on this list - many of whom have knowledge both broad and deep of Renaissance art - about winged Jesus images. I can't conjur any up, but my knowledge is pretty casual.
>And a Happy New Year to all of my esteemed friends on this list!
Cynthia A. Gilliatt
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