July 25, 2016
Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), The Daughter of Jairus, 1881, etching, 5 15/16 x 8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by J. Robert and Lisa Wheatley, 2001.
King James VI/I was coronated on this day in 1567. He was King James IV in Scotland and King James I in England. He acended to the English crown, after having already been ruling Scotland for xx years, after Queen Elizabeth passed away. Upon his ascension to the English throne, he ruled both Scotland and England together, though they remained separate sovereign states.
King James is perhaps most well known for his commission of a translation of the Bible into English, which translation is known as the King James Version of the Bible. Previous to this time, translations of the Bible to English were forbidden and often punishable by death.
Today’s artwork is an etching by Carl Bloch of one of the most beautiful miracles that the Savior performed during his mortal ministry.
“39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.”
– Mark 5:39-42