“The Imagery of the Master,” Ensign, Dec. 1972, 36
Readers of the New Testament know that Jesus used terms familiar to his listeners. Such terms as sheep, water, light, paths, 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—whited sepulchers, millstones, tares, whited fields with harvest—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 urban and industrialized world, the once-common sights of Jesus’ day are now seen by far fewer people.
So, to help readers more fully understand and appreciate the terms and imagery of Jesus, the Ensign commissioned the photographic essay that follows. The scenes, sights, and objects were all photographed in the towns, hills, and environs that Jesus would have walked.
The sequence uses figures of speech gathered from all four Gospels. The order does not represent one particular sermon of Jesus, yet is arranged to be in harmony with all of his teachings.
Here, then, is the imagery of the Master.