Bible Cartoon: Matthew 05 - Parable of lamp on stand - Lamp and city

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Bible Book: Matthew
Bible Book Code: 4000501401
Scene no: 1 of 3

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Matthew 5:14-16 (ANIV)
[Jesus said] 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.



The oil lamp on the table provides the primary source of light in this scene.
A secondary source of light is from the inside of the city on the hill.

An unnamed young man, placing a bowl over an oil lamp.

This cartoon is one of many, which together will illustrate the complete “Sermon on the Mount”. Matthew chapters 05:01–08:01 is called “the Sermon on the Mount” because Jesus gave it on a hillside near Capernaum, which was a city on the north coast of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret.) This sermon probably covered several days of preaching, if not more & the content was probably repeated (at least in part) by Jesus many times, as the message contained in the sermon is central to the gospel message.

As an illustration of what not to do, the young man in this scene is about to place a ceramic bowl over the oil lamp! However, he is looking up at the city on the hill, and having second thoughts about the bowl!

I wanted to draw some more dramatic lighting effects in my cartoons, and I am pleased with the lamp light which is casting strong shadows of the young man onto the stone wall behind him in this picture.

Here’s the scene without the figure, table & lamp in the foreground.
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I did a bit of research about 1st century ceramics and found a good website with some wonderful examples on it. The plates & oil lamp I have illustrated are inspired by photographs from this site: The US Library of Congress, The exhibition – Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship.