Artist Evelyn C. Lewis has created this meditative video in response to Joshua 4:1-7:
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
From the Artist:
The mystical relationship between the earth and a spiritual kingdom are like that between every human and his or her resurrected nature. This symbolism is investigated through rituals enacted using devotional objects. My work aims to contextualize American Christianity in a critical way, encouraging consideration for our unique historical perspective on what is to be worshiped and how.
Evelyn C. Lewis is an artist and curator living in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2014 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
This video is copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.