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Jesus Grieves over Jerusalem

Christ Foretelling the Destruction of the Temple

The destruction of the temple that Jesus foretells is at odds with the idyllic setting of this painting, outside the strong walls of Jerusalem. The artist has captured a sense of extreme distress in Jesus, while the bearing of the disciples expresses less sensitivity.

Illustration for 'The Life of Christ', c.1886-94 (w/c & gouache on paperboard), Tissot, James Jacques Joseph (1836-1902) Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Matthew 23

37"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

Luke 19

42"If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes."