Bay 3 - The 'New Alliance'

Panel 07 - Elias (Elijah) with the widow of Sarepta

Description:
The story of Elias and the Widow of Sarepta comes from 1 Kings 17. Quoting Clement & Guitard, 1900 (pp.16-7);
"During a famine, the prophet Elias, abandoning his own people, came by God's command to the village of Sarepta [KJV: 'Zarephath'], in the lands of Sidon [KJV: 'Zidon']. There he meets a poor widow carrying two splinters of firewood, and asks her for a little water and bread. The poor widow has only a handful of flour and oil. She gathers wood to prepare a final meal to share with her son before they all succumb to the famine. Elias comforts her and after his blessing, the flour and oil multiply, enough to feed all three of them throughout the duration of the famine. Afterwards the child dies during the absence of the prophet. On his return, Elias calls the child back to life and restores him to his mother. So as to better emphasise, in this scene, the blessings of the Gospel which the Apostles, ignored by the Jews, carried to foreign nations, the painter has given the form of the Cross to the two pieces of firewood carried by the widow, and shown the resuscitated child with two heads and a robe composed of two differently coloured halves."

Regarding the last point, Clement & Guitard relied on the illustration in Cahier & Martin which does appear to show the curious chimera that they describe. Closer examination of the glass however, shows quite clearly that the painter simply depicted two boys, not a single boy with two heads and particoloured robe. See detail below left

Note:
On the different versions of the prophet's name; the Latin Vulgate and DRC calls him 'Elias', the KJV uses 'Elijah'. In French he's 'Élie'.

Tituli:
(1 - left margin): "[M]ULIER:LEGENS:LIGNA" ("Woman gathering wood") - corruption of 1 Kings 17:10 - "...mulier vidua colligens ligna...".
(2 - In Elias' scroll - partly obscured by glazing bar): "[??] ELYAS : MAGN{US}" - Cahier & Martin read this as "MAGNUS ELYAS", suggesting that the line has been scrambled in earlier restorations, but the contraction sign for "N{US}" and the end of the scroll clearly belong at the end. See detail below.

Restoration notes: Recent restorer's label "J M. 1981" painted mid-right border

Details:
1) The resuscitated boy

2) Elias' scroll