Congonhas is a small historical city at 75 km south of Belo Horizonte, along the ‘Estrada Real’ to Rio de Janeiro. The city is well known for the statues of Brazilian artist Aleijadinho.
The prophets by Aleijadinho: prophet Abdias (Obadiah).
Abdias (‘servant of God’) was born near the actual city of Nablus. His Book is the shortest of the Prophecies. His prophecies were directed against Edom, which people were traditional enemies of Israel.
The prophets (with clickable links),from left to right (names in Portuguese):
Statues of twelve prophets carved from soap stone are located in frond of Santuario do Bom Jesus Matosinhos. Aleijadinho had sculpted them between 1795 and 1805.
Second from left, next to Amos, is the statue of Abdias. He points with his index finger of his right hand in the air, while on the right side prophet Habacuc does the same with his left hand. Abdias and Habacuc have more in common: they are dressed alike; they are complementary to each other.
Abdias, ‘servant of the Lord’, is the meaning of his name. Obadiah in Hebrew. The Book with the same name is the shortest in the Old Testament: only one chapter that contains 21 verses. His prophecies were apperently directed against Edom, which people were traditional enemies of Israel. Not much is known about Abdias himself. Abdias was born in Sichem, an ancient city near the actual city of Nablus. He appeared to be very rich, and he has spent his wealth to support the poor prophets.
On the shield that Amos is holding, one can read the following motto:
“Vos Ego Idu/
Mæos Et Gentes/
Abdias is depicted with a beardless face, as are the prophets Baruc, Daniel, and Amos too. He wears a tunic similar to those which the apostles of the Last Supper wore. On his head he wears a simple hat, but this cap is folded in such a way, that daylight plays a game with light and shadow.
|Book of Obadjah
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom