Rosa gallica purpuro-violacea magna, a painted engraving of a rose by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840).

The Legacy of the True Historical Patrick by Richard Bennett

Patrick’s Day is coming to a close but his legacy remains . . .

Pilgrim’s Progress revisited ~ Christiana on the narrow way


March 3, 2015


“before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire…” Patrick of Ireland


Ireland has a very distinctive history. It was an island untouched by the Roman legions, and Patrick, the Evangelist, brought to it the Gospel of grace. Patrick was himself descended from a family that had been, for two generations at least, in Christ Jesus. His father, he tells us was “the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a presbyter, of the settlement of Bannaven Taburniae.”1 These facts are recorded in Patrick’s own testimony of faith. This authentic document is preserved in five manuscripts: one in the Book of Armagh of the seventh century, the second in the Cotton Library of the tenth century, a third in the French monastery of St. Vedastus, and two more in the Cathedral Library of Salisbury. This authenticated document is the…

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Woman in desert - Douce Apocalypse - Bodleian Ms 180 p.046 - circa 1265 -70

Reading through Revelation – Chapter 12, part 4

Picturing the flight of the Woman


Revelation 12:13-17


13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the [fn]presence of the serpent. 15 And the serpent [fn]poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. 16 [fn]But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon [fn]poured out of his mouth. 17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her [fn]children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

(12:5) Or, shepherd

(12:5) Or, Gentiles

(12:6) Literally: they would nourish her for

(12:9) Literally: inhabited earth

(12:11) Literally: to death

(12:12) Or, tabernacle

(12:14) Literally: face

(12:15) Literally: threw

(12:16) Literally: And

(12:16) Literally: threw

(12:17) Literally: seed

Intro to a tiny gallery

The woman is given a gift of wings – of flight! Her crown of twelve stars remains in place as she flees the dragon and the flood he sends after her. Both images portray the dragon’s strange head, a single dominating head and six servile ones. Monstrous indeed but the woman is safe!

A tiny gallery
Bamberg Apocalypse Folio 031v Dragon Pursuing Woman In Wilderness

Bamberg Apocalypse Folio 031v Dragon Pursuing Woman In Wilderness

Apokalipsis Trekhtolkoviy (1909) 35 - Dragon and the Woman

Apokalipsis Trekhtolkoviy (1909) 35 – Dragon and the Woman