Readers of the New Testament know that Jesus used terms familiar to his listeners. Such terms as sheep, flowers, light, and trees took on meanings of eternal import as the Master clothed them with dignity and truth that burned visual images into the hearts of listeners.
The objects of his imagery, such as whited sepulchers, camels, and harvest fields, were present nearly everywhere. A listener need only look around to be reminded of the Savior’s teachings.
But time and space have made some of these figures of speech less clear. And in our increasingly urban and industrialized world, the once-common sights of Jesus’ day are now seen by far fewer people.
The photographic essay that follows should help readers better understand and appreciate the imagery Jesus used. The scenes, sights, and objects were all photographed in the towns, hills, and environs where Jesus would have walked.
The sequence uses figures of speech gathered from the Gospels. The order does not represent one particular sermon of Jesus, yet all are in harmony with his teachings.