Mary Magdalen

The Conversion of Mary Magdalen. Paolo Veronese

From The history of the Old and New Testament attempted in verse and adorn’d with three hundred & thirty sculptures, 1716, by Samuel Wesley (1662-1735). A remarkable project, a presentation of the entire Bible in iambic pentameters, a form ideally suited to some of the more lurid and judgmental passages in scripture.

Here is St. Mark, who focuses on Judas’s observation that the money spent on expensive ointment might have been better spent on helping the poor. Then, for comparison, St. Luke, who reports Christ’s story of the Two Debtors.

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