Ancient Hebrew, the language in which, “In the beginning,” was first transcribed by Moses, as commanded by God, is written on the scroll outstretched across the universe held by two trees. Though both portrayed in beauty, these trees are the difference between life and death: the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of Life; the context in which we view the tilting world below.
We mark these trees by their surrounding symbols: a forever-cursed creature creeps stealthily at one. The other bears the burden only God could overcome: the mark of a cross in the shadings of the bark. The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus are foretold on the Tree of Life. With penitence, we bear witness to the revelation of His sacrificial love- the Son of God slain by His own hands on a cross- laid in the foundation, the very heart of Creation.
The unfathomable depths of a star-studded sky lights the darkness, giving number to the sons of Abraham. Perched above, a white dove rests her weary wings after circumventing a watery globe, clasping to the olive branch: the fury of God withheld and His grace poured out upon the remnants of the earth. These are promises of life, and life abundant.
The gold acanthus leaf of Genesis illumines the glory of heaven and establishes God’s kingdom on Earth while pointing to on-going friendship: the divine intention of God toward man. Backlit by shades of red, the blood of Christ is again foretold, through which the broken relationship between God and man would ultimately be restored.
Falling in line with ancient traditions, Weidmann executes this design on calfskin vellum; stretching and mounting each skin by hand, employing old world techniques. The artist chooses all archival materials-oil paints, gouache, and 24k gold- to preserve the vibrancy of this design for ages to come.
Though many people and organizations have put their hands to its parts over the years, it is known that a single artist has not illuminated the entirety of the Bible for over 400 years- until now. We believe this collaboration of the Word and Jake Weidmann has been ordained for such a time as this.
Genesis is the first of Weidmann's 66 Books of the Bible series. We hope you join us on this exciting adventure.
Jake Weidmann ©2016
Wow! So after my heart for what else to spend our time on earth, glorifying Jesus with!
Good for you two: > ) God go before you in all f it-please Lord!
We are missionaries already in another arena of needful expressions of Jesus here on earth-we are blessed to “Go and Tell”. I am so thrilled that your assignment is to go tell it on the mountain with all of the gifts God has provided you with. I pray you will seek depths of humility; like many other admired crafts-do not let the pride of it be your downfall-PLEASE! He is able.
How I would love to be a neighbor to your workshop. My husband and I are both artists by training; he is a designer at a firm in California which supports our Mexican mission. A very talented man. I am blessed. We both so much love the art of calligraphy and flourish and penmanship in general. Finding your video while researching for my children in homeschool today, from the TED talk on handwriting-was a God thing.
Walk with Jesus; Let HIM lead.
I just being introduced to your work, give sincere congratulations on your complete and total mastery of the arts. Having stated thusly, would like to put in a note as to your interest in illumination of all the Holy books as a lifetime project for your consideration. Thankyou
First and foremost, let me state that I am a true fan of the great artistic skill and abilities of the man Jake Weidmann. He is a phenomenal artist, much like that of Bezalel as recorded in Exodus 31:1-5. Jah has certainly blessed Mr. Weidmann’s artistic skill and abilities. Having stated this, however, I note in this blog posting that the writer states that the books of the Bible are ‘upcoming’ (future), and then states that “it is known that a single artist has not illuminated the entirety of the Bible for over 400 years- until now” (implying accomplishment of a deed completed), then stating that this book of “Genesis is the first of Weidmann’s 66 Books of the Bible series.” (Future) Please correct me if I err, but I was of the understanding that another gentleman, another “single artist,” by the name of James Pepper (from Dallas, Texas) has already completed in ‘illuminating’ with calligraphy a goodly portion of the Bible—the entire New Testament, as well as a few other portions of the Hebrew scriptures; thereby, making this statement described above untrue. Please clarify. Nevertheless, I look forward to the further works of the present-day Bezalel—Jake Weidmann. Thank you.