WHAT IS THE NATURE OF FAITH IN THE ST. JOHN GOSPEL? In the Sixth Chapter of the St. John Gospel Jesus Christ is speaking about “faith” in His responses to the Jews and his disciples. “Then they said to him, “What must we in order that our deeds may work with the working of God?” “Jesus answered, “This is the working of God, that you have faith in him whom HE has sent.” “Whomever comes to me will hunger no more, and whoever has faith in me will thirst no more.” “This is the will of the Father, that every...
After two years of copying the New Testament, Irakli’s friend, a historian Shio Oniani, gave him a copy of an old Svanetian manuscript and it was from this document that Irakly learned about his ancestors, whose trade had been the making of copies of the New Testament. This old historic manuscript is even quoted by a renowned Georgian scholar Eqvtrime Takaishvili in his work: “Archeological Expedition in Lechkhumi-Svaneti”, Paris, 1938 (p. 303). The old Svanetian manuscript dates back to the year 1031.
A copy of the Martvili Testament was made by Ivane Parjiani in 1050, in which he mentions himself as Parjaniani: “I, Ivane Parjaniani copied this Holy Testament… in my own hand…” According to other sources, this manuscript was presented as a gift to Saint John’s church in Svaneti. The church of Saint John or church or Ianishi still stands in Irakli Parjiani’s father’s village, Latali, and is regarded as a family church of the Parjiani clan.
One cannot help but wonder, could he have incarnated 900 years later in his own FAMILY LINEAGE to finish or continue the work on the John Gospel?
Wasili Wasin used, like his big predecessors, lime wood panels. The way in which he makes the structure of the wood a natural part of the performance is innovative.
“The fire has its flame and praises God. The wind blows the flame and praises God. In the voice we hear the word which praises God. And the word, when heard, praises God. So all of creation is a song of praise to God.“ -Hildegard of Bingen