What Wondrous Love Holy Week in Word and Art

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Holy Week in Word and Art
What Wondrous Love

A unique video exploration of Holy Week through the masterpiece artwork of renowned artist John August Swanson.  Discussion guide sold separately.

This DVD study is designed for use in Sunday school classes, small group studies, and other church group gatherings. This 41-minute video presents presents key scripture passages and events in the biblical story of Holy Week—the last days of Jesus' ministry, his death, and his resurrection.  The folk hymn "What Wondrous Love is This?" which serves as the accompanying musical theme, is sung by award-winning Celtic vocalist Connie Dover.

Each scripture passage is illustrated and interpreted in the stunning artwork of John August Swanson along with commentary by some of America’s premier Biblical scholars, names such as Dr. Thomas G. Long, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, Dr. Carol A. Newsom, Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, and more. Swanson himself comments on his artwork and motivations throughout.

The study is divided into six 7-minute chapters, each featuring Scripture, commentary by the scholars, and a Swanson work of art based on that passage.

Included are:

  • The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44)
  • The Entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-11)
  • Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet (John 13:1-20)
  • The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30)
  • The Betrayal and Arrest (Luke 22:47-53)
  • The Crucifixion (Mark 15:21-39)
  • Coda: The Burial of Jesus (Luke 23:53-56)

A discussion guide (sold separately) depicts the Swanson artwork from the DVD, along with thought-provoking questions, to spark fresh insights into the Bible story.  You’ll want a discussion guide for each participant, making it perfect for group study during Lent.

This ecumenical video was created in association with Emory University's Candler School of Theology (United Methodist) and features their faculty.  We have reviewed the video and believe it is an excellent option for Catholic or any other Christian groups.

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Format: DVD
Product code: CP9090
Dimensions: 5½" x 7½"
Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 846863019090
1-2 copies $21.60 each
3-5 copies $20.40 each
6+ copies $19.20 each
Written by John August Swanson


Los Angeles-based artist JOHN AUGUST SWANSON is recognized worldwide for finely detailed, brilliantly colored paintings and original prints.