The life of Moses is the pre-text and the figure of Christ is elevated on a higher level. Kemp concludes that in its basic and natural form the structure of the door of the church of Santa Sabina represents a transcultural and transhistorical phenomenon.
The narrative intensifies life, because if we see the relief through the Judeo-Christian traditions the scene of calling, or the vocation demonstrates the special relationship between God and the nation of Israel. That is why this narrative is closely linked with the Book of Exodus 3, where human and superhuman (an angel) meet. The angel summons the human to carry out a task that exceeds his abilities, but which he accepts to perform. Kemp comments that both in the Book of Exodus as well as in the relief, these elements are methodically arranged. Moses is pasturing the flocks, afterwards comes the divine which summons him in the form of a burning bush and a personification of an angel and then come God's charges to Moses. The episode of Moses and the encounter with the burning bush represents the starting point of the whole biblical narrative. The embodiment of the creator surpasses all doubts when he hands to Moses the scroll of the covenant.
What is depicted in the relief is the sacred, biblical historical narrative. The narrative is situated within the context of the fulfillment and the promise. ...Show more