Luke 18:2-3 (ANIV)
2 He [Jesus] said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified I the Bible narrative. I have set the scene in the mid morning.
The sun illuminates this scene (unseen above & to the right), which casts shadows to the left of figures & objects.
Notice the red canopy above the judge’s seat, which is providing some shade for him as he listens to the various cases brought before him.
Sitting on the stone “throne” is the unjust judge. Kneeling before him in dark robes is the widow of Jesus’s parable. There is a guard to the side of the judge (presumably to keep order if things get out of hand!)
This version has an Ox, being argued over by two men.
I decided to create several versions of this scene, to illustrate the fact that the widow of Jesus’s parable comes back time & time again, to ask the judge to give her justice. So the judge & the widow are in the foreground of all these versions of the scene, but there are different characters behind them, to show that time has moved on; it’s a different day, etc.
In this particular version of the scene I have drawn a large red/brown Ox with two men hotly arguing over its back. Perhaps the man in green outer robes is the Ox’s owner, perhaps the Ox has damaged the other man’s property, hence the argument, which they can’t resolve, which is why they are coming before the judge.
Notice that the widow’s hands are in a different position than in the previous version of this scene.
“The large red/brown ox, (Bos taurus, or B. taurus primigenius) a domesticated form of the large horned mammals that once moved in herds across North America and Europe (whence they have disappeared) and Asia and Africa, where some still exist in the wild state. South America and Australia have no wild oxen. Oxen are members of the Bovidae family.
The castrated male of B. taurus is a docile form especially useful as a draft animal in many less developed parts of the world. Oxen are also used for food in some areas.”