Philip the Evangelist and the Ethiopian Eunuch Watercolor Illustration



Today I share another illustration from the 52-Weeks of Bible Illustration (52wobi) series/challenge I am working on.

These two characters came out looking a lot younger than I had originally drawn them to be. I never know what to expect when I add color. Maybe I’m still getting to know my own style. Maybe I should have given them facial hair. I was inspired to order the Schmincke’s Desert and Shire watercolor set for this series, since most of the scenes in this project would be in the desert or wilderness. So far I like the pigments.

The story: An angel of the Lord tells Philip to go to “the road that runs from Jerusalem down to Gaza.” There he meets the Ethiopian Eunuch in his chariot. He’s reading the scriptures, but needs help understanding who the scripture is about. Philip jumps in and helps him to understand the writing is about the messiah and the way to salvation. At this moment, they’re passing a body of water and the eunuch quickly stops the chariot so he can get baptized.

After the baptism, my jaw dropped as I read on. I stopped and had to re-read this text: “When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord [suddenly] took Philip [and carried him] away [to a different place]; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but he went on his way rejoicing.”

WHAT?

This story amazes me for one reason – Philip disappears and then reappears elsewhere: “But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the good news [of salvation] to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea [Maritima]."

This is the beginning of Christianity in Africa, according to the commentary in my Amplified Bible.

Acts 8:39-40


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