The Paralytic in Matthew

6th century
Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

This is one of the 13 mosaics of the life of Christ along the upper band of the left wall of the nave. A young and beardless Jesus tells the paralytic to "rise, pick up your bed,1 and go home" (Matthew 9:1-8). As so often in this series, the fingers of Jesus' right hand are arranged in the "Old Believers" configuration.

This series has one panel for Matthew's account and another panel for the roof episode in Mark 2:1-5 and Luke 5:17-26, although all three gospels appear to be relating the same event.

See also a view of the entire left wall with commentary on the iconography of Jesus and the apostles in these mosaics.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

1 The Vulgate and KJV have "bed" (lectus). Some modern translations have "mat" or "cot."