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Luke 3:23-38

By Aaron Oldner Luke 3:23–38
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This week we present a work by Aaron Soldner in response to the theme of “Memory” and Luke 3:23-38.

Details
Year
2013
Medium, Genre
Film, Annimation
Artist Curated by
Spark+Echo Arts

Scripture

Luke 3:23–38

(Matthew 1.1-17)

23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, 25 which was the son of Mattathi´as, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Nahum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nag´gai, 26 which was the son of Ma´ath, which was the son of Mattathi´as, which was the son of Sem´e-i, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Judah, 27 which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zerub´babel, which was the son of She-al´ti-el, which was the son of Neri, 28 which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmo´dam, which was the son of Er, 29 which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eli-e´zer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, 30 which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Judah, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eli´akim, 31 which was the son of Me´le-a, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mat´tatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 32 which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Boaz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Nahshon, 33 which was the son of Ammin´adab, which was the son of Ram, which was the son of Hezron, which was the son of Pharez, which was the son of Judah, 34 which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Terah, which was the son of Nahor, 35 which was the son of Serug, which was the son of Re´u, which was the son of Peleg, which was the son of Eber, which was the son of Salah, 36 which was the son of Ca-i´nan, which was the son of Arphax´ad, which was the son of Shem, which was the son of Noah, which was the son of Lamech, 37 which was the son of Methu´selah, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Mahal´aleel, which was the son of Ca-i´nan, 38 which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

Artist
Aaron Oldner

Aaron Oldner

From the Artist
Biblical genealogies are often-ignored readings. They are not in the lectionary, they are rarely addressed in bible studies and are treated more like historical remnants than the more easily accessible scriptures that have become familiar. They are afterthoughts. When read straight-through, they are a mix of unfamiliar – and admittedly, sometimes difficult – names as well as the names of people whose stories are so widely-known that they have often made their way into the popular consciousness. [...] Read More

Biblical genealogies are often-ignored readings. They are not in the lectionary, they are rarely addressed in bible studies and are treated more like historical remnants than the more easily accessible scriptures that have become familiar. They are afterthoughts. When read straight-through, they are a mix of unfamiliar – and admittedly, sometimes difficult – names as well as the names of people whose stories are so widely-known that they have often made their way into the popular consciousness.

The genealogy of Jesus Christ in Luke has it’s own narrative. A narrative that is brought out solely because of the reader’s knowledge/lack of knowledge of the people these names belonged to – after all, inside the context of the genealogy itself The reader is not told who did what (except for having parents); instead everyone is equal. When fifteen or twenty names go by that are otherwise not known there is a sense of alienation, confusion, frustration, and embarrassment for the reader, but when a name does appear that the reader recognizes there is a flurry of association in the reader’s mind with the memories they have of these stories. This recognition makes a feeling of ease, perhaps even a coy sense of having inside knowledge. The pattern of rising and falling in action in reading the genealogy repeats until the final name of God creates the feeling that the reader has “made it” successfully through.

Biography

Aaron Soldner was born in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder – as well as some time at the Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – earning a BFA in Film Production and a BA in Film History.  An artist whose work attempts to focus on the ordinary in everyday life and whose pieces tend to deemphasize the unique and decentralize the climactic, Aaron is interested not in highlighting the mundane, but in appreciating it for being common.

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