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The Portrait Gospel

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Word.

Luke 1:1-2 (NIV)

The Gospel of Luke is one of four eye witness reports found in the Bible which tell the true story of the life of Jesus Christ. Luke, the author, was a doctor and so his writing style is concise and his research thorough, drawn from the testimony of those who lived at the time of Christ.

This publication of Luke is uniquely illustrated by Iain Campbell, during his time as artist-in-residence at St George’s Tron Church of Scotland, Glasgow. By using modern day Glaswegians as his models Iain’s compelling paintings bring 21st century life to the words of a first century disciple.

The Last Supper is, for me, the central image of Christianity. I think it’s significant that this was the way that Jesus asked to be remembered – round a table, with food and friends.
ID Campbell

The Last Supper was the moment in history when Jesus proclaimed that one of his closest friends would betray him. Gathered together and sharing a meal they had no idea of the events that were to come, events that would ultimately shape the course of human history.

Our Last Supper is a 21st century painting depicting that 1st century meal amongst friends. Painted in Glasgow it shows the camaraderie, laughter but uncertainty of those final hours together. The full story of the life of Jesus and his companions that night are carefully researched and written in the Gospel of Luke. To read it, is to understand the bonds of friendship around the table and the reason Jesus lives on with us today.

The Portrait Gospel is produced by the Scottish Bible Society in partnership with Biblica Europe, St George’s Tron Church of Scotland & Glasgow City Mission.

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