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Commissioning the Women's Corps: A new Jesus Painting

Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:12 am +0000


Greetings Friends,

As promised in our last letter to you, we have another new painting to share with you today; a new painting, and a new artist, J Kirk Richards! Kirk is a well-known and beloved Mormon artist who is in great demand owing to his skill as an interpreter of Jesus and his life.

Richards’ work is impressionistic, full of color and form, and inspiring. He was chosen for two special commissions for our new book called Jesus: The Untold Story: A Modern Biography from The Urantia Book, which is coming out in April.

Here is one of those commissioned paintings called: Commissioning the Women’s Corps. This rich, colorful painting captures the dramatic scene of the momentous gathering of the women before Jesus as he ordains them to preach the gospel.

This is a well-known story for Urantia Book readers, yet one that the world has not heard before. Here’s the complete story from The Urantia Book, and this short excerpt sets the scene:

“Of all the daring things which Jesus did in connection with his earth career, the most amazing was his sudden announcement on the evening of January 16: “On the morrow we will set apart ten women for the ministering work of the kingdom.” At the beginning of the two weeks’ period during which the apostles and the evangelists were to be absent from Bethsaida on their furlough, Jesus requested David to summon his parents back to their home and to dispatch messengers calling to Bethsaida ten devout women who had served in the administration of the former encampment and the tented infirmary. These women had all listened to the instruction given the young evangelists, but it had never occurred to either themselves or their teachers that Jesus would dare to commission women to teach the gospel of the kingdom and minister to the sick. These ten women selected and commissioned by Jesus were: Susanna, the daughter of the former chazan of the Nazareth synagogue; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas; Elizabeth, the daughter of a wealthy Jew of Tiberias and Sepphoris; Martha, the elder sister of Andrew and Peter; Rachel, the sister-in-law of Jude, the Master’s brother in the flesh; Nasanta, the daughter of Elman, the Syrian physician; Milcha, a cousin of the Apostle Thomas; Ruth, the eldest daughter of Matthew Levi; Celta, the daughter of a Roman centurion; and Agaman, a widow of Damascus. Subsequently, Jesus added two other women to this group— Mary Magdalene and Rebecca, the daughter of Joseph of Arimathea.

“The charge which Jesus gave these ten women as he set them apart for gospel teaching and ministry was the emancipation proclamation which set free all women and for all time; no more was man to look upon woman as his spiritual inferior. “

We hope you’ll agree that Kirk Richards has created a masterpiece with his depiction of this most thrilling moment in time – the “emancipation proclamation which set free all women and for all time!” It is a moment that had significant meaning then, and will continue to inspire all of those women who long to take their place in the proclamation of the Father’s kingdom. The Master blazed the trail for women in his time, and demonstrated his faith in their ability to be effective teachers of the gospel and ministers of truth to spiritual seekers.

Commissioning the Women’s Corps will be featured in our new book, and it also has a permanent home in the Jesus Collection at TruthBook’s Religious Art Gallery. Please visit and enjoy all of the fine works of art – many of which represent stories from The Urantia Book that the world has never seen.

There are still many new paintings to share with you, so expect to hear from us again soon. Until then, we wish all of you a most blessed Winter season 2019!


Your TruthBook team

Re: Commissioning the Women's Corps: A new Jesus Painting

Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:33 am +0000

Beautiful! And, as a former Mormon myself (though the church says we are not to use that term anymore), I am thrilled to see a Mormon artist working on a Urantia Book scene. I wonder if he has read the book? It is not certainly not typical for LDS to acknowledge women as emancipated ministers of the gospel.
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