“The Land Jesus Knew, Part 1,” Ensign, Dec. 1982, 31
Beginning January 1983, the adult scriptural reading assignment moves to a new course of study: The New Testament. Through August, the Church’s curriculum covers the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Thus, we will focus on the very foundation of our religion, the Savior, Jesus Christ—studying how to follow in his footsteps, reading once again his teachings, sensing once again the joys and sorrows that followed him and his disciples.
In this issue begins a four-part series featuring paintings and photographs of sites and events associated with the Master’s life. This month we focus on events from Gabriel’s annunciation to the Savior’s forty-day spiritual journey in the wilderness after his baptism.
The paintings are by Harry Anderson, noted living American illustrator of the life of Christ, and by David Roberts, a British artist who visited the Holy Land in 1839–1842 and produced many drawings and lithographs of the land. His work, perhaps romanticized in aspects, serves as a rare window through which we obtain an understanding of what the Holy Land might have looked like before the enormous changes of modernization in the twentieth century.
Some of Harry Anderson’s paintings are printed by courtesy of the Church; others are printed by courtesy of Pacific Press Publishing Association, for whom Mr. Anderson has painted many illustrations.
The photography is from the Church Educational System (CES).