INSIDE A&O COLLECTION II

Initially created as a Blog to explore world faiths through the lens of artists, today's Alpha & Omega Collection is focused on acquiring works by 66 artists exploring the 66 books of the Bible. Exploring books that have shaped laws and inspired billions, but which have also fed hatred and blessed bigotry. Divided into two parts, 39 Old Testament artworks and 27 New Testament artworks, primarily by LGBTQ artists including artists of color. 

#. Collection Status
 (as of 03/13/22):
- Total Artworks: 7 of 66 (MCook is included both New and Old Testaments)
- By LGBTQ Artists: 5 of 7
- By Artists of Color: 4 of 7

Old Testament Books

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New Testament Books

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  1. Matthew (NCos)
  2. Mark
  3. Luke (MCoo)
  4. John (ISol)
  5. Acts (TMel)
  6. Romans
  7. 1 Corinthians
  8. 2 Corinthians
  9. Galatians
  10. Ephesians
  11. Philippians
  12. Colossians
  13. 1 Thessalonians
  14. 2 Thessalonians
  15. 1 Timothy
  16. 2 Timothy
  17. Titus
  18. Philemon
  19. Hebrews
  20. James
  21. 1 Peter
  22. 2 Peter
  23. 1 John
  24. 2 John
  25. 3 John
  26. Jude
  27. Revelation


Old Testament

A collection of divinely inspired books written between 1450 B.C. and 430 B.C., the Old Testament is a historical record of God's people, laws, sayings and promises that function as a model for moral living and conduct.

1. Genesis by Moses

Artist: Lauren Zoll
Title: "International Day. Noah's Flood"
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Meaning "the beginning or origin of something", Genesis is the first book of the Bible, recording Creation, the fall of man and the early years of the nation of Israel. In Lauren Zoll's 2021 work, she links the story of Noah & the Flood with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

2. Exodus by Moses

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God appoints Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan, establishing a special relationship with them on the way to Mount Sinai.

3. Leviticus by Moses

Artist: Tom Torluemke
Title: "Let Freedom Ring, The Wedding Bells" (2011)
Acquired: 2015

God gives Israel rules to live by and instructions to present themselves holy before Him. Chicago-based painter, Tom Torluemke is a humanist painter whose work has been called scandalous, and his 2011 work is consistent with that approach that prioritizes ethics over religious moralism. In support of the gay marriage equality, he created "Let Freedom Ring, The Wedding Bells" as part of the series, "Tom Torluemke's Daily Punch." 

Tom Torluemke's "Wedding Bells, Let Freedom Ring" (2011)

4. Numbers by Moses

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A sequel to Exodus, Numbers takes its name from two censuses (or "numberings") of the people of Israel, following their journey through the wilderness for forty years.

5. Deuteronomy by Moses

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A farewell speech from Moses to the people of Israel shortly before his death, Deuteronomy recaps the promises of God and provides instructions to obey Him in the Promised Land.

6. Joshua by Joshua & possibly Phinehas

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A book of conquest, Joshua details the Israelites' invasion and eventual occupation of the Promised Land through faith and action.

7. Judges by Samuel

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Israel enters a cycle of sin, suffering defeat and oppression, only to cry out to God for deliverance, who sends leaders (called "judges") to help them.

8. Ruth by unknown

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Occurring during some of the darkest days in Israel's history, Ruth follows the journey of two widows who lose everything, but find hope through God.

9. 1 Samuel by Samuel

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Israel rejects God's chosen leader, Samuel (a judge), and demands a king despite God's warnings.

10. 2 Samuel by unknown

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The life and career of King David, who subdues Israel's enemies and doubles the size of the kingdom, but is not without failings.

11. 1 Kings by unknown

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Israel enjoys a period of peace and prosperity under King Solomon, but later splits in two after Rehoboam (his son) takes the throne.

12. 2 Kings by unknown

Artist: James C. Lewis
Title: "Pharaoh Taharqa"
Acquired: 2015

The kings of Israel and Judah ignore God and His prophets, eventually falling captive to invading nations and are exiled to foreign lands. Taharqa was a pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty (690–664 BCE) and king of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan. In biblical depictions, Taharqa is the saviour of the Hebrew people, as they are being besieged by Sennacherib (Isaiah 37:8-9, & 2 Kings 19:8-9). 

13. 1 Chronicles by Ezra

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Written to encourage the people returning from Babylonian exile, 1 Chronicles recaps the history and genealogy of Israel, emphasising the spiritual significance of David and future Messianic King.

14. 2 Chronicles by Ezra

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A continuation of the previous book, 2 Chronicles focuses on the kings of Israel, from King Solomon and the building of the temple, to subsequent division, exile and return from captivity.

15. Ezra by Ezra

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Fulfilling the promises of God, the Israelites return from exile after seventy years and rebuild the temple.

16. Nehemiah by Nehemiah

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Despite local opposition, Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem from exile, rallying the people to rebuild the city walls and gates in just fifty-two days.

17. Esther by unknown

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Occurring during the exile of Israel, Esther is a Jewish queen to a Persian king, who intercedes on behalf of her people to save them from a genocidal plot.

18. Job by possibly Job

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A righteous man named Job loses everything and suffers greatly, but remains faithful to God and is blessed abundantly.

19. Psalms by David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Solomon, Heman, Ethan & Moses

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A collection of 150 songs of worship and praise to God that includes prophecies of the coming Messiah.

20. Proverbs by Solomon, Agur & Lemuel

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The book of Proverbs contains God's divine wisdom, covering a variety of topics for every area of life.

21. Ecclesiastes by Solomon

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Solomon's analysis of life, which is meaningless and empty without God.

22. Song of Songs by Solomon

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A passionate yet gentle song of love between a husband and wife, symbolising God's relationship with us.

23. Isaiah by Isaiah

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The first book of the Major Prophets, Isaiah contains warnings of God's coming judgement and detailed prophecies about the Messiah. 

24. Jeremiah by Jeremiah

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Known as the weeping prophet, Jeremiah passionately pleads with the people to repent before the coming Babylonian captivity, but is ignored.

25. Lamentations by Jeremiah

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Lamentations is a book of sadness that reflects on the destruction of Jerusalem and captivity of Israel.

26. Ezekiel by Ezekiel

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Ezekiel is called by God to preach a message of judgement and deliverance for the captives living in Babylon.

27. Daniel by Daniel

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Like Ezekiel, Daniel has been taken to Babylon in captivity and receives prophetic visions while serving in the courts of the king.

28. Hosea by Hosea

Artist: Michael Cook
Title: "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel"
Acquired: Print #15 of 150 acquired in 2017, 27.5 x 19.5. Original is pencil on paper.

The first book of the Minor Prophets, Hosea is a tragic love story that demonstrates God's unending love for His people despite their unfaithfulness. The instance of Jacob wrestling with the angel is most detailed in Genesis, but also briefly referenced in Hosea.

29. Joel by Joel

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Joel warns the people to repent and turn back to God before judgement falls upon them.

30. Amos by Amos

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A shepherd named Amos prophesies to the northern kingdom which has become self-sufficient and indifferent towards God during a time of great prosperity.

31. Obadiah by Obadiah

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Only one chapter, Obadiah demonstrates God's ongoing protection of His people and coming judgement on the nation of Edom, which was indifferent during the Babylonian plunder of Jerusalem.

32. Jonah by Jonah

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A reluctant prophet, Jonah is sent by God to Nineveh, but refuses and learns the futility of it in the belly of a giant fish.

33. Micah by Micah

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Micah warns of the coming judgement that will eventually exile the nation, and includes some of the clearest predictions of the Messiah.

34. Nahum by Nahum

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Nahum is the second prophet sent to Nineveh (Jonah being the first) to preach God's judgement on the Assyrian city and empire.

35. Habakkuk by Habakkuk

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God answers Habakkuk's complaints of wickedness and injustice in the land.

36. Zephaniah by Zephaniah

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Written shortly before the fall of Judah (Southern Kingdom of Israel) to Babylonian conquest, Zephaniah warns the people and the surrounding nations that the day of the Lord is near.

37. Haggai by Haggai

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Written after the Babylonian exile, work to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem had halted due to opposition and spiritual apathy, so Haggai motivates the people to finish.

38. Zechariah by Zechariah

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Zechariah ministered with Haggai after the 70-year exile, encouraging the remnant to return to God.

39. Malachi by Malachi

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The last book of the Old Testament, Malachi is a beautiful expression of God's love for a nation that continues to disobey Him.

New Testament

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven sacred books that centre on the life, death, resurrection and teachings of Jesus Christ.

40. Matthew by Matthew (Levi)

Artist: Niccolo Cosme (xxxx), Ben Smith (1966)
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The first book of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew was primarily written for the Jews and references many Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus.

41. Mark by John Mark

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Mark is the shortest Gospel, which emphasises Jesus' servanthood and miracles.

42. Luke 24 by Luke

Artist: Michael Cook
Title: "An Idle Tale" (print)
Acquired: 2022

Unlike the other Gospel writers, Luke was a Gentile who wrote an account of Jesus' life for those outside the Jewish faith."An Idle Tale" is a print of a 2013 work of acrylic on canvas. The 5x4ft canvas depicting the women declaring the Easter message to the dejected men. Originally made as a temporary piece for Lent into Easter. Prints available.

43. John by John

Artist(s): Israel Solomon 
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The last of the four Gospels, John is an eyewitness account of Jesus' ministry that focuses on the deeper meaning of events surrounding Christ's life, death and resurrection.

Israel Solomon's "Christ with Wound" (2020); 24" x 24". Acquired June 2020X

44. Acts by Luke

Artist: (Others: Tony Melendez, Thom Shaw, Scott Brooks, Ben Smith, Doug Birkenhauer, , James C. Lewis, Romero Britto, Kelvin Burzon, Steve Prince, Salvador Dali, Jonathon Frey, William Fritsch, David Haywood, William Wallace)
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A historical narrative of the early church which was empowered by the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News. 

45. Romans by Paul

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An epistle to the believers in Rome (hence the name) where Paul planned to visit. Romans sets a theological foundation for faith through Jesus.

46. 1 Corinthians

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The first of two letters from Paul to the believers in Corinth, 1 Corinthians was written in response to divisions and problems facing the local church.

47. 2 Corinthians by Paul

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The second and final letter from Paul to the church in Corinth, 2 Corinthians deals with persisting problems facing the believers there and warns against false teachers.

48. Galatians by Paul

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A letter from Paul to the church in Galatia, the book is a foundational study that addresses the problem of Jewish legalism and the fullness of salvation found in Jesus.

49. Ephesians by Paul

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Written to the church in Ephesus during Paul's first imprisonment, Ephesians covers a variety of subjects including the gift of grace, love and how to walk as fruitful followers of Jesus.

50. Philippians by Paul

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An encouraging letter from Paul to the church in Philippi explaining the attitude and outlook believers must have to experience the joy of the Lord.

51. Colossians by Paul

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In this letter, Paul refutes certain false teachings that are impeding the church in Colossae, reaffirming the deity and superiority of Jesus Christ.

52. 1 Thessalonians by Paul

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The first of two letters to the believers in Thessalonica, Paul writes to encourage and strengthen the church, emphasising the principles of holy living through faith, hope and love.

53. 2 Thessalonians

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A follow-up letter of encouragement to the persecuted church of Thessalonica, Paul reaffirms Jesus' second coming and matters preceding that event.

54. 1 Timothy by Paul

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A letter from Paul to a young pastor named Timothy, offering guidance and important principles for church leadership that still apply today.

55. 2 Timothy by Paul

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The second of two letters to Timothy, the book is probably Paul's final chronological epistle, urging his protégé to remain strong and faithful to Jesus.

56. Titus by Paul

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A letter of guidance from Paul to Titus to address challenges facing his leadership of the churches on the island of Crete.

57. Philemon by Paul

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Consisting of only one chapter, the book is a short but profound letter from Paul to Philemon requesting forgiveness for a runaway slave named Onesimus.

58. Hebrews by unknown

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A letter urging Jewish believers not to return to their former traditions, summarising key Biblical characters and events to emphasise the hope of salvation through Jesus.

59. James by James (Jesus' half-brother)

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A hard-hitting letter from James, encouraging believers to have a genuine faith with an emphasis on results.

60. 1 Peter by Peter

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The focus of Peter's first letter is persecution, sharing inspiring words of comfort for Christians living as an oppressed minority in the Roman Empire.

61. 2 Peter by Peter

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Peter's second letter warns against false teachers and reaffirms important spiritual truths.

62. 1 John by John

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Written to oppose heretical doctrine, the first letter from John echoes the Gospel, encouraging Christians to love one another and keep Jesus' commands.

63. 2 John by John

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A brief letter from John to "the chosen lady", urging believers to love one another and to be on guard against false teachings.

64. 3 John

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The shortest book in the Bible, 3 John commends Gaius and Demetruis for their faithful service.

65. Jude by Jude (Jesus' half-brother)

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A letter from Jude to address false teachings and urge Christians to defend the truth of the Good News.

66. Revelation by John

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Written during John's imprisonment on the island of Patmos, Revelation is an apocalyptic book that contains prophetic visions of the Spiritual Realms and Jesus' return to Earth.