This painting of the famous Biblical scene (Zacchaeus climbs a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus) is possibly my favorite Bible story of all time. Hmm. There aren’t a ton of Biblical stories I actually *love* but this one is special, religious context aside.

I love the idea of this short but powerful man risking his entire reputation – and the superficial respect of his peers – to perform an act of faith. Can you imagine anyone in Congress doing something purposeful that would make them look foolish in front of the media? (Well, excluding various scandals…)

My friend, Joel Whitehead, painted it and gifted this incredible piece of work to me. Every time I stop and look at it, I am stunned.

If there were a fire in my house, I think this would be the first thing I grab. I love it. I love seeing it my home. I’d go visit in a museum, where, incidentally, most of Joel’s paintings belong.

3 Responses to “Zacchaeus”

  1. Traci Says:

    Hello Edmond.

    Is there anyway to get a print of this beautiful work on Zacchaeus?

    Thank you.

  2. Edmond Says:

    I’m afraid I do not have prints available to mail. I’ve been approached regularly by church groups who would like to use this image, asking me permission for use. In the end, after we’ve worked something out, they have downloaded the high resolution image on my site and created their own prints.


  3. The Specificity of Zacchaeus – www.larrypatten.com Says:

    [...] [Image of Joel Whitehead’s painting is from here.] [...]

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