The December 8 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. In this edition art professor Dennis Raverty writes in a cover essay on the early 20th-century Russian painter Marc Chagall:

What is surprising, given the artist’s Jewish background and faith, is the number of Christian themes that emerge in his work from these years: more than a dozen depictions of the crucifixion are in the exhibit. Sometimes the crucifixion of Jesus is the principal subject, as in his well-known White Crucifixion. Often, however, the crucifixion itself is not the principal subject of the painting in which it is included — almost, it seems, as commentary inserted in the margins, what Jews call “Midrash.”

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I am senior editor of The Living Church. My wife, Monica, and I attend St. Matthew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

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