Bible Cartoon: Luke 09 - The Transfiguration - Scene 01 - Up the mountain

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Bible Book: Luke
Bible Book Code: 4200902801
Scene no: 1 of 6

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Luke 9:28 (ANIV)
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.


Before sunrise.

I decided to set this whole story before, during & just after dawn. The light that comes from Jesus, Moses & Elijah in the transfiguration is mirrored by the light that occurs as the sun is rising over the earth. It’s as if God’s natural light (the sun) is part of the transfiguration & almost pays a natural homage to Jesus, the sun’s creator, before the light of the transfiguration takes over. Then, after the cloud has disappeared, we see the 3 disciples worhipping Jesus, once again the scene is bathed in the natural, worshipful glow of the sun’s own light.

Natural ambient light: pre-dawn glow.

Scene 01 – Up the mountain – Jesus, Simon/Peter, James (son of Zebedee), John (son of Zebedee), Bonelli’s Eagle
Jesus is gesturing up towards the mountain, their final destination. Jesus often went out alone, or with a few of his disciples to pray & commune with God the Father. Simon/Peter, James & John appear to have been particularly close disciples of Jesus.

Which mountain Jesus & His 3 disciples went up is uncertain. Some believe it may have been Mount Tabor (west of the Sea of Galilee) others believe it may have been Mount Hermon (noth west of the Sea of Galilee.) I have elected to situate my cartoons on the latter.

Tragopogon buphthalmoides (the yellow flower) is a common perennial herb on Mt Hermon.

Research helped me to identify a suitable bird to put in the sky: the Bonelli’s Eagle is found in & around mount Hermon.

Google earth position & orientation – 33 deg 25’ 48.51” N 35 deg 55’ 28.02” E Looking NW. The summit of mt. Hermon is on the left, out of sight of the viewer. Israel is also on the left, beyond these mountains. Damascus, in Syria, is off to the right & behind the viewer, approx. 23 miles away.