Friday, 5 November 2010

Biblical Fireworks

Another digital painting based on the somewhat speculative (but nonetheless fascinating) writing of Professor Mike Baillie (you can find one of my earlier attempts to visualise his theories here.)

In his book Exodus to Arthur, Baillie suggests that much of the imagery in the Biblical Book of Exodus may be the attempts of the ancient scribes to record a close encounter with a comet or swarm of comets. When the Bible describes how God brought the Israelites out of Egypt "with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm" Baillie sees it as evidence of the Hebrews following a fiery comet trail across the skies of the ancient Middle East. Not sure I buy this particular idea really, but I thought it would make an interesting image for the fifth of November.