A book about prophecy has been illustrated by Joe Servello, who did the artwork to help a friend.
The book "Eight Prophets of Ancient Israel Speak of Messiah" uses biblical text compiled by Vinne Holman, formerly of State College.
It features the words of Moses, Micah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, David, Zechariah and Ezekiel in the Old Testament and tells where to find the Messiah's fulfillment of those predictions in the New Testament.
(Courtesy photo) Joe Servello drew images of Old Testament prophets for this book by Vinnie Holman.
Each Scripture contains an illustration of the prophet and/or a scene depicted by Servello.
He said he was familiar with some of the biblical characters he illustrated, such as David and Isaiah, but others he did not know as well, such as Ezekiel and Zechariah.
"I did it from my imagination," Servello said of his illustrations. "I don't know what these men looked like," he said, adding that no one does.
He said he pictured Ezekiel as a builder. The Scripture that goes along with the illustration is Ezekiel 37:26 and 27 and addresses God making a covenant of peace with his people and setting a sanctuary in their midst.
Ezekiel is standing in front of a stone wall - the sanctuary - with a shofar in his hand. It's to call the people to the sanctuary, Servello said.
"It was just so wonderful to illustrate," he said. "It's amazing, the richness of those little phrases [verses]," he said.
Holman said she asked Servello to illistrate the book because of his style and respect for biblical figures.
"He honors art and art traditions from the past," Holman said.
For the book, she selected prophecies that tell the story of Christ's life. The Scriptures predict his life, death, Resurrection and coming kingdom, she said.
"The story has no end to it," Holman said, "because the kingdom goes on forever and ever."
She will speak about that kingdom April 25 and 26 at the spring retreat for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Area Aglow to be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.
Her topic is "The Real King and The Real Kingdom.
Holman, who grew up as Vinnie Holderman, worked in professional theater for 18 years, and now operates The Stream, an artistic learning community in western North Carolina.
For more information about Holman, visit www.VineArts.org.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble and through amazon.com and Xulon.com.