|Rembrandt. Jeremiah Lamenting Jerusalem. 1630|
So what is it that Jeremiah is mourning? Is it the loss of a place to commune with God? A loss of God Himself? Pathos at the human suffering occurring in this conquest? Hopelessness at not having been heard when he prophesied? Introspection at how to now rebuild a relationship with the divine? Doubt as to the lucidity of God? How Rembrandt painted such introspection will always be a golden mystery. His Bathsheba will forever take my breath away. We're going to Israel with 25 students - what will be their thoughts? Almost half of them look forward most of all to floating in the Dead Sea - we can always start there. I'll be thinking of Jeremiah as I look at the absence of the Temple on the Temple Mount, and its presence in models and drawings in museums. I need to start thinking about architecture within an object-oriented ontology.
|Darius of Persia, Christ, Judas Maccabeus care for the Temple|
|Psalter Map, c. 1300. British Library|