8. Flight to Egypt with Matthew 2: 13-15

Joan Bohlig (1936- )
Etching
1975
6 x 6


The topic of the flight to Egypt has been a charming, beloved and repeated theme with artists in paintings
and original prints down through the ages. Even though we know very little about the journey,
artists have released their imaginations and explored many possible scenarios. God is the vine and we
are the branches. Bohlig has filled the top arch of the etching with grapes that represent the fruits of
our Christian lives; the rocks are a symbol of the impediments we find to achieving progress on our
Christian walk. The ball in Christ’s hand signifies simultaneously a king’s orb, the world, and a child’s
toy ball.

Matthew 2: 13-14
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the
child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for
the child to kill him." 14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for
Egypt.

 
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