Old Testament is the name the first Christians gave the collection of Jewish holy books known as the Tanakh. A testament is a covenant, a treaty, and the Old Testament is the covenant between God and the Jewish people. God promised the Hebrews land and safety in return for obedience and worship. Paul first mentions the Old Testament in his second letter to the Corinthians. The name New Testament is introduced in the gospel to Matthew, during the Last Supper (Matth. 26:28).
The Old Testament tells the history of the Jewish people and of Israel. The exclusive treaty between God and the Israelites takes a central position. It was first established after Noah survived the flood (Genesis 9:8-17) and extended several times: first with Abraham (Genesis 15:18), later with Moses in the Sinai (Exodus 19, 20 and 24). Read the rest of this entry »
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Islamic calligraphy is the art of writing, and by extension, of bookmaking. This art has most often employed the Arabic script, throughout many languages. Throughout Islamic history, the work of calligraphers were collected and appreciated. Consideration of figurative art as idolatrous led to calligraphy and abstract figures becoming the main methods of artistic expression in Islamic cultures.
ArabicPersian and Ottoman Turkish Calligraphy is associated with geometric Islamic art (the Arabesque) on the walls and ceilings of masjids as well as on the page. Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw on the heritage of calligraphy to use calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions in their work. Read the rest of this entry »