• Abraham & Isaac 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham (center) with Isaac (right) carrying the wood for the sacrifice, Catacomb of Priscilla, 3rd century, Rome.
    • The coopers 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Fresco of the barrel makers, Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome. Fresco of Coopers marking the cubiculum as a burrying place for the guild of Coopers.
    • Donna Velata 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Woman as the Orantes, Catacomb of Priscilla. In this case a woman is depicted as the orantes (see CAT0029).
    • Donna Velata 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Close up of Donna Velata.
    • The Good Shepherd 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      The fresco of the Good Shepherd with symbols of Apollo--the greenery and additional animals and birds, Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome. The Good Shepherd was the most popular of all fresco subjects of the Early Church.
    • Loculi 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Loculi on either side of a corridor in the Catacomb of Priscilla. As more loculi were needed, the passageway was often lowered.
    • Loculus 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Close up of Loculus with bones. Grave robbers opened most graves, in catacombs not opened to the public some remains are left.
    • Marble faced loculus 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Loculus with its original marble facing. One of the few not smashed by grave robbers.
    • Mary & Jesus 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Close up on mother and child in the arcosolium of Donna Velata, Catacomb of Priscilla. Some scholars argue for a generic mother and child, others argue for Mary & Jesus.
    • Mary, Jesus & Balaam 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Balaam is pointing to the star above Mary's head, Catacomb of Priscilla. A reference to Numbers 24:17.
    • Moses striking the rock 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Fresco in the Capella Greca, Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome. Moses brings forth water from the rock as a symbol of baptism for the Early Church.
    • Refrigerium/Eucharist 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Fresco of Eucharistic meal in the Capella Greca, Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome. The memorial meal at the grave site soon elided into the Eucharist. The fish on the table clearly marks this early image as that of the Eucharist.
    • Susannah 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Fresco of Susannah and the two accusing elders. The symbol of Susannah communicated God's faithfulness in protecting the righteous from false accusation.
    • Three Magi 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Fresco on an arch of the three magi bearing gifts for the child Jesus. First fresco of Gentiles worshipping the Christ child as a symbol of salvation for all peoples. Capella Greca, Priscilla, Rome.
    • Three men in the fiery furnace 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1971)
      Fresco of three men in a fiery furnace. Another symbol of God's protective care of the faithful and a lesson of salvation in the midst of persecution. Capella Greca, Priscilla, Rome.