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Portrait of Kepler by an unknown artist in 1620
(; Johannes Kepler German: [joˈhanəs ˈkɛplɐ, -nɛs -] (; 27 December 1571 – 15 November 1630) was a German ) listen astronomer, mathematician, astrologer, natural philosopher and writer on music. He is a key figure in the 17th-century Scientific Revolution, best known for his laws of planetary motion, and his books , Astronomia nova , and Harmonice Mundi . These works also provided one of the foundations for Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae Newton's theory of universal gravitation.
Kepler was a mathematics teacher at a
seminary school in Graz, where he became an associate of Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg. Later he became an assistant to the astronomer Tycho Brahe in Prague, and eventually the imperial mathematician to Emperor Rudolf II and his two successors Matthias and Ferdinand II. He also taught mathematics in Linz, and was an adviser to General Wallenstein.
Additionally, he did fundamental work in the field of
, invented an improved version of the
refracting (or Keplerian) telescope
, and was mentioned in the
discoveries of his contemporary
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A compact diagram of the Trinity, known as the " Image 3 Shield of Trinity". The Shield is not generally intended to be a schematic diagram of the structure of God, but it presents a series of statements about the correlation between the persons of the Trinity. (from )
The Image 12 Adoration of the Trinity by Albrecht Dürer (1511): from top to bottom: Holy Spirit (dove), God the Father and the crucified Christ (from )
Representation of the Trinity in the form of the Image 15 mercy seat (epitaph from 1549) (from )
A Greek Image 18 fresco of Athanasius of Alexandria, the chief architect of the Nicene Creed, formulated at Nicaea. (from )
Father, The Holy Spirit, and Christ Crucified, depicted in a Image 24 Welsh manuscript. c. 1390–1400 (from )
God the Father (top), and the Holy Spirit (represented by a dove) depicted above Jesus. Painting by Image 28 Francesco Albani (d. 1660) (from )
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( Church of the Holy Mother of God Serbian: Црква Свeте Богородице / Crkva Svete Bogorodice; Bulgarian: Църква „Света Богородица“, Tsarkva „Sveta Bogoroditsa“) is a medieval Eastern Orthodox church in the village of Donja Kamenica in Knjaževac Municipality, Zaječar District, eastern Serbia. The church is generally considered to have been built in the 14th century, when this area was part of the Second Bulgarian Empire's Vidin appanage, though alternative datings have been proposed.
While small, the Church of the Holy Mother of God is notable for its unusual architectural style, in particular for its high
flanked by two sharp-pointed towers. These features, which hint at
influences, are highly atypical for medieval Bulgarian church architecture. The church is richly decorated on the inside, with as many as eleven frescoes of historical figures. One of these portraits, captioned as a
, is variously identified as an eponymous son of
Bulgarian tsar Michael Shishman
or as an undocumented son of co-tsar
Michael Asen IV
; earlier speculation that the image depicted Serbian noble
or Michael Shishman himself have since fallen out of favor with art historians. In addition to these early portraits, the interior walls of the church were painted with canonical murals, which can stylistically be assigned to the 14th–15th century. The church was reconstructed in 1958 and has been under Serbian state protection since 1982. (
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, also called Finding in the Temple "Christ among the Doctors" or the Disputation (the usual names in art), was an episode in the early life of Jesus depicted in the Gospel of Luke. It is the only event of the later childhood of Jesus mentioned in a gospel.
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
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