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St Peter’s Vision

Original Painting by Bob Booth

The first thing I was reminded of when I saw this painting was Noah’s ark, but this story is quite different. As the title suggests it is a story of a ‘vision’ and a sequence of events that was to change St Peter and what he believed. 

The imagery is unusual and inspired Bob to paint animals of all kinds in a surreal situation. Animals that St Peter's faith would not allow him to eat. 

Bob paints in an exploratory way. Holding a basic idea, he begins to put marks on the canvas. In this case it was the sweeping lines of the sheet that marked the beginning of this painting. The penguin that leans against St Peter’s leg came about from a penguin-shaped gap in the drawing rather than arising from a deliberate idea.

“ The artwork is leading the way.  Its not about painting a fully conceived idea onto a blank canvas - much of the painting comes as a surprise! ” - Bob Booth 

St Peter's Vision by Bob Booth

St Peter's Vision, Jigsaw puzzle, painting by Bob Booth

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The painting St Peter’s Vision illustrates the vision St Peter experiences in Acts Chapter 10 beginning at verse 9. This extract describes the vision. The full chapter explains the significance of the vision and the understanding that St Peter received as a result.

 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

  “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

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 [Source: New International version, www.biblegateway.com]


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