I hope that PrayTell readers will find the article by Michael Peppard titled “Is This the Oldest Image of the Virgin Mary?” in the opinion pages of yesterday’s New York Times as fascinating (and at the same time as moving) as I did. In his article (which is based on his new book about the house-church at Dura-Europos), Peppard boldly reinterprets the image of the “woman at the well” found in the third-century baptistery of Dura-Europos as a represenation of Mary at the moment of the annunciation. Peppard has excellent reasons for his claim. You can read them here.
A new, very ancient, and possibly the oldest known image of the Virgin Mary