Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jesus’ First Steps

Browsing away on the internet, I came across a very rare icon, which I did not know existed. It is entitled Jesus’ First Steps. The most ancient icon with this depiction, of Mary and Jesus trying to walk is found in Lesvos, in the Monastery of Leimonos, painted in the 16th century. There are not many details from Jesus’ childhood[1]. A theory is that this idea derives from an apocryphal source, the Gospel of James, where we find a description of Mary’s first seven steps.

There we read the following: ‘And the child grew strong day by day; and when she was six months old, her mother set her on the ground to try whether she could stand, and she walked seven steps and came into her bosom; and she snatched her up, saying: As the Lord my God liveth, thou shall not walk on this earth until I bring thee into the temple of the Lord.’[2] (Chapter 6).

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