©www.anniewrightphotography.com Doubting Thomas Destroyed in Aswan

Doubting Thomas was destroyed in Aswan, Egypt, during the Egyptian revolutions of 2011 & 2013. Photographing him in December 2009, it was love at first sight. But when cultural heritage is wantonly destroyed, it’s as painful as a death in the family. And sadly this was the fate that befell this Apostle’s engaging fresco in the Tomb of the Nobles. All that remains are photos, the ghosts of things that have vanished forever.

For further information about Doubting Thomas:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubting_Thomas

Doubting Thomas; the Apostle who reserved judgement and refused to believe

In the Gospel of St John’s depiction of the Apostle, Doubting Thomas steadfastly refused to believe that the resurrected Christ had appeared to the ten other Apostles until he was able to see and feel Jesus’s crucifixion wounds for himself.

Jesus Appears to Doubting Thomas, Verses 24 to 29

The text of the King James Version of the New Testament is as follows:

25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Gospel of St John; The Empty Tomb is available at: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2020&version=NIV

The Resurrection: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resurrection_of_Jesus