Statues - Hither & Thither

Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich (Kanton)

Zwingliplatz
(Grossmünster)

Bibeltür

Bible Door

Otto Münch
1950

Zürich /  Bibeltür   Zürich /  Bibeltür

Description

Two bronze doors with 42 panels showing Biblical scenes and texts.

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Explanation of fields:
    The pillars of world history: text in the four corners (no. 1, 6, 37, and 42)
    The Triune God, text left center (no. 13, 19 and 25)
    The redemption of Christ, text right center (no. 18, 24 and 30)

    The Ten Commandments, 1st table

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    1 - 3
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    4 - 6

  1. Text: Im Anfang | schuf Gott | den Himm | el und die | Erde - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genenis 1,1)
  2. Thou shalt have no other gods before me - Elijah on the Karmel (1 Kings 18)
  3. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image - The golden Calf (Exodus 32)
  4. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain - Stoning of the blasphemer (Leviticus 24)
  5. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy - Nehemiah does not allow the dealers into town on the sabbath day (Nehemiah 13,15-22)
  6. Text: Im Anfang | ward das Wo | rt und das | Wort war | bei Gott - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God (John 1,1)

    The Ten Commandments, 2nd table

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    7 - 9
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    10 - 12

  7. Honour thy father and thy mother - The Revolution of Absalom (2 Samuek 15-18)
  8. Thou shalt not kill - Cain and Abel (Genesis 4,1-16)
  9. Thou shalt not commit adultery - Joseph and Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39)
  10. Thou shalt not steal - Achan's theft (Joshua 7)
  11. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour - Jacob deceives his father (Genesis 27)
  12. Thou shalt not covet - Naboth's vineyard (1 Kings 21)

    Faith in the Father

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    13 - 15
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    16 - 18

  13. Text: Als die ze | it erfüllet | ward Sand | te Gott se | inen Sohn - But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son (Galatians 4,4)
  14. God the Father - The parable of the prodigal son (Lucas 15,11-32)
  15. God Almighty - Raising of the dead by Elijah (1 Kings 17,17-24)
  16. God, the Creator of the Heavens - The creation story in the Book of Job (Job 38)
  17. God, the Creator of the Earth - The creation account in Genesis 1 (Genesis 1 + 2)
  18. Text: Christus | ist um Unse | rer Sünde | Willen Ge | storben - Christ was delivered up for our trespasses (Romans 4,25)

    Faith in the Son

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    19 - 21
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    22 - 24

  19. Text: Ich bin bei | Euch alle | Tage bis an | das Ende | der Welt - I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28,20)
  20. Christ Almighty Helper (Matthew 14,22-33)
  21. Christ, the Good Shepherd (John 10)
  22. The redemptive death of Christ represented with the symbol of the Brazen Serpent (John 3,14-15)
  23. The resurrection of Christ represented with the symbol of Jonah (Matthew 12,39-40)
  24. Text: Er ist um | Unserer | Gerechtig | keit Willen | Auferweckt - He was raised to life for our justification(Romans 4,25)

    Faith in the Holy Spirit

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    25 - 27
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    28 - 30

  25. Text: Der Vater | wird Euch | Den Geist | der Wahr | heit Geben- The Father will give you the Spirit of truth (John 14,16-17)
  26. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts of the Apostles 2)
  27. The baptism. Baptism of the treasurer of Ethiopia (Acts of the Apostles 8,26-40)
  28. The Last Supper (Acts of the Apostles 2,42-47)
  29. The Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15)
  30. Text: Und Euer | Leben ist † | mit Christ | us in Gott | Verborgen - And your life is now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3,3)

    The Lord's Prayer

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    31 - 33
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    34 - 36

  31. Hallowed be your name - Cleansing of the temple (Matthew 21,12-17)
  32. Your kingdom come - Entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21,1-11)
  33. Your will be done - Jesus in Gethsemane (Matthew 26,36-46)
  34. Give us this day our daily bread - Feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14,13-21)
  35. Forgive us our debts - Parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18,21-35)
  36. Lead us not into temptation - Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4,1-11)

    The Mothers of Jesus' Family Tree

    Zürich - Bibeltür
    37 - 39
    Zürich - Bibeltür
    40 - 42

  37. Text: und das | wort ward | fleisch und | wohnte | unter uns - The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1,14)
  38. RAHAB - Rahab the harlot, who believed and was saved (Joshua 2)
  39. RUTH - The pious Ruth, who was born a pagan (Ruth)
  40. BATHSEBA - Bathsheba the adulteress (2 Samuel 11)
  41. MARIA - Mary, the Mother of the Lord (Matthew 1,18-25)
  42. Text: Ja Ich kom | me bald | amen | komm Herr Jesus - Yes, I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22,20)

Signature

o. mvnch
in bronze gegossen von | h. rüetschi a.-g. in aarau

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Bathsheba
  • Biblical figure
  • Bronze door
  • Cain
  • Christ (Good Shepherd)
  • Christ
  • Elijah
  • Jacob (patriarch)
  • Jesus
  • Jonah
  • Joseph (patriarch)
  • Mary with Child
  • Münch, Otto
  • Naboth
  • Nehemiah
  • Rahab
  • Ruth
  • Ten Commandments
  • Location N 47°22'12" E 8°32'38"

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