Adolf Deissmann Light From the Ancient East

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Light From the Ancient East

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“LIGHT from the East”—it is a curious title for the book, but before you censure it just look for a moment at the Eastern sunshine. On the castled height of Pergamum observe the wondrous light bathing the marble of Hellenistic temples at noonday. At Hagios Elias in Thera look with hushed rapture upon the golden shimmer of the same light over the endless expanse of the Mediterranean, and then in the vino santo of the hospitable monks divine the glow of that same sun. Mark what tones this light has at command even within stone walls, when at Ephesus a patch of deep blue sky gleams through the roof of a ruinous mosque upon an ancient column now mated to a fig-tree. Nay, let but a single beam of the Eastern sun peep through a chink of the door into the darkness of a poor Panagia chapel: a dawning begins, a sparkling and quickening; the one beam seems to wax twofold, tenfold; day breaks, you take in the pious meaning of the wall frescoes and the inscribed words, and the miserable poverty that built the shrine is forgotten.

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