From Virginia, my next destination was New England.
From Virginia it was back north, across the Mason Dixon line into Pennsylvania.
It was a cold miserable day for traveling, especially miserable for this guy.
Finally crossed the Hudson River bridge, New England dead ahead.
Traffic from New York City to New England jammed up for quite a ways into Connecticut.
But soon I was transported back to 5th century Babylon, as I stopped at the Yale Museum of Art to visit their archaeological collection. This lion relief was one of many along a processional route in the ancient city ruled (in the 6th century BC) by Nebuchadnezzar.
Greek pottery from the classical period.
A beautiful mosaic from 3rd century AD Gerasa, known in the first century as one of the NT cities of the decapolis.
Jesus depicted as the Good Shepherd, in a wall drawing from the house church of Dura Europus. This is what attracted me to the Yale Museum, some of the earliest Christian art known, from what has been identified as the oldest church ever excavated, dating to the first half of the third century. Dura Europus was a city along the Euphrates River, on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire.
Another painting depicted the healing miracle of Jesus, where he told the healed man, “Take up your bed and walk.”
Here we see Jesus, Peter, and some of the other disciples in that walking on the water episode on the Sea of Galilee.
This wall drawing was thought to depict the woman at the well, from John’s Gospel chapter 4. However, some experts now believe it depicts Mary, the Mother of Jesus, at the annunciation.
Elsewhere in the Yale Museum is a painting of the Annunciation by the 15th century Italian artist Neroccio de Landi.
I enjoyed looking at the museum’s collection of Rembrandt etchings. This is The Good Samaritan.
Jesus driving the money changers from the temple.
And The Prodigal Son.
Before leaving Yale I ducked into the beautiful Sterling Memorial Library, which opened in 1930. Engraved at the entrance to Sterling Memorial Library is the inscription: “The Library is the heart of the University.”
The quest for knowledge.
Back on the road, a memorable crossing from Rhode Island into Massachusetts.
A few days later, I ventured into Maine in search of a lighthouse, and found one at Cape Neddick Light Station.
I drove out onto the Cape for a closer look.
Something about lighthouses.
Yup, that’s a lighthouse.
A New Hampshire lake on my way to my final destination, and next post.
The next post in this series: Retreat for a Week