Bay 106 - Moses / John the Baptist / Creation and the Fall /
St Nicholas / the Parable of Dives and Lazarus

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List of Scenes:

Light A - Life of Moses
A1 - Pharaoh's daughter finding the infant Moses
A2 - Moses and the burning bush
A3 - Moses draws water from a rock in the desert
A4 - Moses and the brazen serpent

Light B - Life of John the Baptist
B1 - The annunciation to Zaccharias
B2 - Nativity of John the Baptist
B3 - Naming of John the Baptist
B4 - Decapitation of John the Baptist
B5 - John the Baptist's head is presented to Herodias
B6 - Burial of John the Baptist's body

Light C - Creation and the Fall
C1 - God separating the earth & seas / making the sun, moon & stars

C2 - God creating Adam / God creating Eve
C3 - God confronting Adam and Eve after they have tasted of the fruit
C4 - An angel gives Adam and Eve clothes (Gen 3:21)
C5 - Eve spinning and Adam digging
C6 - Angel with candlestick / Christ of the Resurrection
C7 - Adoring Angels

Light D - Life of St Nicholas
D1 - The infant Nicholas refusing his mother's milk
D2 - An inn-keeper kills three young scholars in their sleep
D3 - The old man whose three daughters were saved by St Nicholas
D4 - St Nicholas resuscitates the three murdered scholars
D5 - Unknown scene from the life of St Nicholas ?
D6 - An empty altar

Light E - the Parable of Dives & Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
E1 - The rich man (Dives) counting his gold
E2 - The rich man on his death-bed
E3 - The poor beggar (Lazarus) dies, comforted by an angel
E4 - The soul of Lazarus in Abraham's bosom

 

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At first sight these lancets may seem like rather a mixed bunch, without much in common theologically. There are some connections however, particularly between the first and last lights which shouldn't present too much of a challenge to the DIY exegete.

The second half of Jesus' parable about Dives and Lazarus tells how the rich man, burning in Hell, pleads with Abraham to send a warning to his surviving relatives of what lies in store for them if they do not change their ways. Abraham however rejects his plea, reminding him that; (Luke 16:29) "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them". [...] and (16:31) "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead."

The episodes selected from Moses' life for light A all have common exegetical interpretations, which also appear in the earlier typological windows of the axial chapel (and in similar windows at Sens, Bourges and elsewhere) - the burning bush was a common antitype for the Virgin birth, the water brought forth in the desert is the spiritual nourishment of the blood of the Crucifixion and the brazen serpent is a common type for the Crucifixion itself. John the Baptist is of course the last prophet to signal the coming of Him who would rise from the dead. Thus the first two lights (A & B) present the message of Moses and the life of the final prophet before Christ, whilst light E contains a reminder of the importance of heeding the words of Moses and the prophets. As for lights C & D on the other hand... anybody's guess!

 
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A1 - Pharaoh's daughter finding the infant Moses A2 - Moses and the burning bush A3 - Moses draws water from a rock in the desert A4 - Moses and the brazen serpent B1 - The annunciation to Zaccharias B2 - Nativity of John the Baptist B3 - Naming of John the Baptist B4 - Decapitation of John the Baptist B5 - John the Baptist's head is presented to Herodias B6 - Burial of John the Baptist's body C1 - God separating the earth & seas / making the sun, moon & stars C2 - God creating Adam / God creating Eve C3 - God confronting Adam and Eve after they have tasted of the fruit C4 - An angel gives Adam and Eve clothes (Gen 3:21) C5 - Eve spinning and Adam digging C6 - Angel with candlestick / Christ of the Resurrection C7 - Adoring Angels D1 - The infant Nicholas refusing his mother's milk D2 - An inn-keeper kills three young scholars in their sleep D3 - The old man whose three daughters were saved from prostitution by St Nicholas trying to thank their benefactor D4 - St Nicholas resuscitates the three murdered scholars D5 - Unknown scene from the life of St Nicholas D6 - An empty altar E1 - The rich man (Dives) counting his gold E2 - The rich man on his death-bed E3 - The poor beggar (Lazarus) dies, comforted by an angel E4 - The soul of Lazarus in Abraham's bosom