Ezra Proclaims the Law

Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld, Ezra Proclaims the Law, 1853. Engraving, Image courtesy of Pitts Theological Library. Emory University.

Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld (1794–1872) was a German painter and etcher-engraver. Ezra Proclaims the Law is part of a series of two hundred woodcuts that Schnoor executed for an illustrated Bible in London between 1851 and 1860. Schnoor, both in painting and printmaking, was inspired by Renaissance artists such as Albrecht Dürer. While in London, Schnoor was also commissioned to design many of the stained glass windows at St. Paul’s Cathedral. This image corresponds to Nehemiah 9. The people of Israel are confessing their sins before Ezra, who reads from the book of the law in a pulpit.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ezra Proclaims the Law. Engraving, 1853.

A book found in the Temple during Josiah's reign, which many scholars link to the book of Deuteronomy.

Relating to thought about the nature and behavior of God.

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