On Anamorphosis and Prophecy

‘Telescoping’ is a common way of explaining the approach of biblical prophecy. Biblical prophecy, while standing at a distance, shows what is far off and makes it seem near, while not always communicating the things between. While in seminary, my wife suggested that a better analogy than telescoping is anamorphosis: art that is distorted and lacking full meaning unless observed from a specific vantage point.

Anamorphic frog sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz, Photographer Richard Ivey

Jean-Max Albert, Reflet anamorphose, Bronze, Parc de la Villette.1985

For the biblical writers this vantage point is Christ himself. This is what Luke 24 and the book of Hebrews are arguing.

Georges Rousse, Front View

Georges Rousse, Side View