Luke 9:32-33 (ANIV)
32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his [Jesus] glory and the two men standing with him [Moses & Elijah.] 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
TIME OF DAY:
Just after 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.
Sunrise: natural sunlight & camp fire.
Scene 04 – Disciples awaken – Jesus, Moses, Elijah, Simon/Peter, James (son of Zebedee), John (son of Zebedee) & Snow Vole.
I wanted to show each disciple with a different facial expression: from left to right – James (the brother of John) is just waking up & not really “with it” yet! Simon/Peter is awake & automatically turns to prayer & reverence, whilst on the right, John is surprised & not really sure what to make of the sudden appearance of Moses & Elijah.
Google earth position & orientation – 33 deg 26’ 46.81” N 35 deg 54’ 51.73” E looking NW, towards the sumit of mt. Hermon.
Israel is beyond that mountain. The viewer can see the Sea of Galillee approx. 42 miles away, & the Galilee region of Israel.
I deliberately set Jesus & the 3 disciples here, so that mt. Hermon was in the cartoon, with a view that includes the Sea of Galilee to help the viewer orient themselves.
My research led me to include a Snow Vole (Chionomys nivalis) in these cartoons. These small rodents are to be found on mt. Hermon.
Wikipedia: This vole is active by night as well as by day when it is quite easy to spot, especially on sunny days. It gets food from the roots of various alpine plants. It digs tunnels with numerous exits and a nest chamber as well as a kind of a storeroom. It does not hibernate in wintertime and often takes shelter in cellars, barns or haylofts to protect itself from the low temperatures. It holds its tail in an upright position when running.