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The Stoning of Stephen
That's right people, another Biblical MOC! I was reading through the book of Acts the other day and the passages regarding Stephen really stood out to me, so much so that I went straight to the bins! The Bible is full of incredible events, so why not recreate them in Lego? Depicted here is the stoning of Stephen (hence the title), who was the first Christian martyr after the death of Christ. His martyrdom is quite an iconic moment in the history of the church, considering the multitudes of believers that have followed in his stead. Stephen possessed the kind of steadfast faith that all Christians should strive to have. Now, on to the build!
About this creation
The new territory here was building landscape and using "gimp" (a picture editing program). I got fed up with trying to achieve "perfect" white-backgrounds using only camera settings, huge sheets of paper, and clamp lights. Also, I needed to build something that didn't require much gray, because the majority of my gray pieces are currently deployed in a stop-animation set. The result was this (obviously)!











At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. (Acts 7:57, NIV)



Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. (Acts 7:58b, NIV)

As many of you probably already know, Saul was later converted to Christianity and had his name changed to Paul. He became a driving force behind the spread of the gospel throughout the Roman empire, and the lands beyond.



While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60, NIV)

Usually I refrain from including elements of blood and gore, but I feel like it worked effectively here. When it comes to reality, this event really happened, so the presentation might as well be more realistic.



The Sanhedrin.





The mob.



A passing journeymen.



A woman watches from a distance.

Her dress technique I developed several months ago, but Ru Corder had the same idea and beat me to posting it, so kudos to Ru! After all, great minds think alike right? Go jumper plates!



As the builder, I personally think the wealth of this MOC lies in its mini-figs. My favorite fig is the random warlike Persian dude on the camel, so I included an extra pic just for kicks!



And of course the necessary bonus picture of the build minus the figs.

Thanks for viewing! And I think the use of a certain old Latin phrase is most appropriate here, so without further ado:

Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

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  June 20, 2013
This MOC depicts it perfectly. Love the pool of blood surrounding the guy and how his clothes are ragged and torn. Is the staff the guy with the white headpiece is wearing supposed to look like a sheperd's staff or something?
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  October 13, 2012
Awesome!!!!!
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  June 21, 2012
neat build!!
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  June 12, 2012
Wow! What an awesome moc. Having Saul there was an excellent touch. I love the added detail. Great job.
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  June 11, 2012
This is truly a great build! Well done. This inspires me to try my hand at biblical mocs. Thanks!
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  June 7, 2012
Quoting Matthew Oh A well known bible story. A great pic for a moc! Great job Ian! I love the bushes! Stunning work indeed! Keep up the amazing work!
Thank you Matthew!
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  June 6, 2012
A well known bible story. A great pic for a moc! Great job Ian! I love the bushes! Stunning work indeed! Keep up the amazing work!
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  June 1, 2012
Ahh, Acts 7: 51. Stephen was the bravest of them all...
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  May 31, 2012
Lovvvvveeeee iiiiittttt
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  May 8, 2012
Quoting Clever Crowe I applaud your work on your Bible MOCs, Ian. It's important not to be afraid about reaching out to others openly, and with confidence in your Faith. You never know, you might reach someone who'd feel unable to talk much about matters of religion, outside the parameters of a Comfort Zone like MOC-ing offers. Also nice work on the build, itself. Cheers!
Thank you.
  May 7, 2012
I applaud your work on your Bible MOCs, Ian. It's important not to be afraid about reaching out to others openly, and with confidence in your Faith. You never know, you might reach someone who'd feel unable to talk much about matters of religion, outside the parameters of a Comfort Zone like MOC-ing offers. Also nice work on the build, itself. Cheers!
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  May 2, 2012
Wow! That path is brilliant. Inspiring and nicely done.
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  April 16, 2012
This creation is an excellent retelling of the Bible story good of you to make and post this thanks.
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  April 16, 2012
Great job all around. I like the figs and the scene. Bring us some more stories from the Bible.
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  April 10, 2012
Very impressive. It's great to see yet another Biblical creation from you:) Keep 'em coming!
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  April 5, 2012
Cool! nice to see some Bible scenes here!
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  April 4, 2012
Quoting Katka = ) Do you read the Brick Testament? It's one of mz two sources about christian mythology and I find it fascinating, if not a little far-fetched.
Heh, yep I have one of the Brick Testament books and it is indeed fascinating! Being a Christian I don't view it as mythology though. Thank you for commenting!
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  April 4, 2012
Do you read the Brick Testament? It's one of mz two sources about christian mythology and I find it fascinating, if not a little far-fetched.
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  April 3, 2012
Quoting Cooper 311 I see a scorpion hiding in the bush... Haha.
Yep! I was wondering if anyone would notice that. I did take a picture devoted to the scorpion, but it was too grainy. Thanks for commenting!
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  March 31, 2012
Excellent! The build's great, as is the presentation. Keep it up!
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  March 31, 2012
I see a scorpion hiding in the bush... Haha.
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  March 30, 2012
Thanks everyone!
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  March 30, 2012
I have to say it's a very good MOC, even thought Im atheist. LOVE your dress technique!
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  March 28, 2012
Quoting Gerfy Legorider Great technique for the dress!
Thank you! I'm not the only one whose come up with it though.
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  March 28, 2012
Great technique for the dress!
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  March 28, 2012
Great technique for the dress!
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  March 27, 2012
Great one, love all the minifigs, and that dress technique is superb
Ian Spacek
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Büürli Burri
  March 26, 2012
Awsome! Very nice figs, especially the face of Paulus is great. After the MOCAthalon, I'll build some biblical MOCs too; They're so cool!
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting ~Mr.X ~ That is part of the reason that they threw them over the cliff. The fall was meant to cripple the victim so that he couldn't get away. I think I got this from a video series called That The World May Know by Ray Vander Laan. ~Mr.X~ P.S. I really enjoyed this little discussion
Haha, my pleasure! Thank YOU for the little history lesson!
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  March 26, 2012
The minifigs are well designed and well posed. The plants are also good.
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  March 26, 2012
Very sad, but well captured scene.
  March 26, 2012
That is part of the reason that they threw them over the cliff. The fall was meant to cripple the victim so that he couldn't get away. I think I got this from a video series called That The World May Know by Ray Vander Laan. ~Mr.X~ P.S. I really enjoyed this little discussion
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Max Pointner Go random persian dude! Brilliant work Ian. Your pictures are fantastic. I too have never been able to retain natural looking shadows when boosting the white. Love the blood too. Can't wait for your 6x6 entry: _____.
Many thanks Lord Charles! Most tolerable, most tolerable...
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting ~Mr.X ~ Basically, the condemned person was thrown over a cliff* and THEN pelted with stones. ~Mr.X~ *(The cliff was about 10-15 feet in hight)
Well the text doesn't mention a cliff, so I just went with the "pelted by stones" part. If he did get thrown over a 15ft cliff I doubt he'd be able to stand and fall to his knees, like he does in the verses. Just a thought, but you may well be right. Thanks for clarifying! ~Ian
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  March 26, 2012
Go random persian dude! Brilliant work Ian. Your pictures are fantastic. I too have never been able to retain natural looking shadows when boosting the white. Love the blood too. Can't wait for your 6x6 entry: _____.
  March 26, 2012
Basically, the condemned person was thrown over a cliff* and THEN pelted with stones. ~Mr.X~ *(The cliff was about 10-15 feet in hight)
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  March 26, 2012
Excellent work capturing this scene Ian! :D
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  March 26, 2012
An excellent build! I haven't seen many builds from Acts. I heard somewhere that Stephen is the patron saint of pot heads, because he was the first to get stoned in the name of Christ. ;)
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting ~Mr.X ~ This is an excellent build, but just so you know this wasn't the way they stoned people back in biblical times. I won't go into details, but I still think this is a wonderful build! ~Mr.X~
Thanks for commenting, but now you've got me curios!
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  March 26, 2012
This is an excellent build, but just so you know this wasn't the way they stoned people back in biblical times. I won't go into details, but I still think this is a wonderful build! ~Mr.X~
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders The book of Acts is an excellent book on the early Church. What? Are you saying that all your previous white backgrounds were not edited? Amazing! Would certainly like to see a stop-motion from you. -LB Senior
Yeah Acts is a great book. As for the animation, I don't know if I'll ever finish it. Making good stop animation films is super tedious!!! But if I do finish it, I'll let you know! Thanks for commenting.
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Christopher Baldacci Oh my gosh!! Awesome job Ian! The figs are super and I love the pictures. Keep up the Biblical MOCS!!
Thanks Chris!
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Grace Pointner I would put my little smily face that you see so often, but I don't think it would work on MOC. But really, this is amazing. I love the tall grasses, and the guy on the camel is pretty cool. The stephen fig is fantastic!!!! That was the perfect shirt to use! love it!!! And of course... I love it when people do MOCS about the Bible. I think you portrayed this story very well!!!!
Thank you Grace! Heh, the smiley face! You could just do something like this: =o when on MOCpages. Perhaps I'll still laugh! =D
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Your stoning is so much better than mine. Of course though, you got those Prince of Persia sets and showed the mob attacking him. Mine is just the aftermath.
Yes, I like the Prince of Persia pieces/sets a lot! They're very useful. However, I think you did a great job on your rendition of the scene too. You took a different approach, and I think you captured the martyrdom factor very effectively. Well done! And thanks very much for stopping by and leaving a comment, it's much appreciated!
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  March 26, 2012
The book of Acts is an excellent book on the early Church. What? Are you saying that all your previous white backgrounds were not edited? Amazing! Would certainly like to see a stop-motion from you. -LB Senior
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Parrington Levens Wondeful work Ian. This event was truly sad, but embodies the beautiful spirit of true Christianity. Thankyou for sharing, I really needed a lift and this did it :)
Thank you sir! I've kind of been borderline on the "dark ages" lately, builders block as it were. But the Bible has so many great scenes to recreate and has kept me going! I hope to do many more Biblical MOCs in the future. Thanks again for the comment!
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Ben King Nice work, Ian! Like Paul said, the grass does compliment the blood quite nicely. As usual the figs are top notch. The landscaping is great as well. My favorite part has to be the random persian guy, though. Nice message and build!
Got to love all those Prince of Peria pieces right? Heh, go random Persian dude! Thanks for the comment Ben!
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Nothing spectacular here?!?!? I beg to differ. Ian, this is incredible on so many levels, first and most obvious is your complete dedication to these Biblical MOCs which many of us, myself very much included, would do well to emulate. Second, the build has fantastic composition and the black border around the base cleans it all up very nicely. The short shrubs are awesome and they er... complement the blood very well. Third, your pictures are the best I've seen yet, surpassing mine by a long shot. The way you've been able to retain a natural shadow WITH a crisp white background is something I've never been able to pull off. Stellar work Ian, once again, and I can't wait to see more!
Thanks very much Paul! Yeah, I'm pretty happy with how the pictures turned out too, but I don't think yours are worse in anyway (looks the same to me). A white background is a white background. All I did was played with the color levels and a little bit of cropping here and there. Thank again for commenting!
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting The Fisherman Nothing spectacular here, but a nice clean build and an excellent choice of facial expressions.
Thank you for commenting.
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  March 26, 2012
Nice one Ian!
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  March 26, 2012
Oh my gosh!! Awesome job Ian! The figs are super and I love the pictures. Keep up the Biblical MOCS!!
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  March 26, 2012
great moc you put a lot of detail in this!!
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  March 26, 2012
I would put my little smily face that you see so often, but I don't think it would work on MOC. But really, this is amazing. I love the tall grasses, and the guy on the camel is pretty cool. The stephen fig is fantastic!!!! That was the perfect shirt to use! love it!!! And of course... I love it when people do MOCS about the Bible. I think you portrayed this story very well!!!!
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  March 26, 2012
bloody scene, hehe... Wonderful desert landscape. The expressions on the minifigs' faces are great as well!
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  March 26, 2012
Nicely done!
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  March 26, 2012
Your stoning is so much better than mine. Of course though, you got those Prince of Persia sets and showed the mob attacking him. Mine is just the aftermath.
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  March 26, 2012
Wondeful work Ian. This event was truly sad, but embodies the beautiful spirit of true Christianity. Thankyou for sharing, I really needed a lift and this did it :)
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  March 26, 2012
Nice work, Ian! Like Paul said, the grass does compliment the blood quite nicely. As usual the figs are top notch. The landscaping is great as well. My favorite part has to be the random persian guy, though. Nice message and build!
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  March 26, 2012
Nothing spectacular here?!?!? I beg to differ. Ian, this is incredible on so many levels, first and most obvious is your complete dedication to these Biblical MOCs which many of us, myself very much included, would do well to emulate. Second, the build has fantastic composition and the black border around the base cleans it all up very nicely. The short shrubs are awesome and they er... complement the blood very well. Third, your pictures are the best I've seen yet, surpassing mine by a long shot. The way you've been able to retain a natural shadow WITH a crisp white background is something I've never been able to pull off. Stellar work Ian, once again, and I can't wait to see more!
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  March 26, 2012
Well done! Thanks for sharing.
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  March 26, 2012
Great job depicting the scene told in the Bible.
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  March 26, 2012
Nothing spectacular here, but a nice clean build and an excellent choice of facial expressions.
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Paul Romano When I see the courage you possess by posting creations of this nature, I am immediately convicted of my own shortcomings in spreading the Gospel. You are an inspiration to us all, Ian. "Soli Deo Gloria" indeed...
Thank you Paul, that means a lot to me. But I don't say that to sound as if I'm what's important, so please don't read it like that. As for shortcomings, when it comes to spreading the gospel, we all have them! To be perfectly honest it was reading the homepages of people like you, Blake Bear, and my "real-life" friend Max Pointner, who encouraged me to take the plunge and announce that I was a Christian on my own MOCpages homepage. So I would in turn like to thank you for that! And many thanks for the comment too!
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  March 26, 2012
When I see the courage you possess by posting creations of this nature, I am immediately convicted of my own shortcomings in spreading the Gospel. You are an inspiration to us all, Ian. "Soli Deo Gloria" indeed...
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Büürli Burri Awsome! Very nice figs, especially the face of Paulus is great. After the MOCAthalon, I'll build some biblical MOCs too; They're so cool!
Yep, Biblical MOCs are great to build on so many levels! Thanks for commenting!
  March 26, 2012
Nice! Sort of sad but nice! Biblical mocs always are good.
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  March 26, 2012
Very nice!
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  March 26, 2012
Quoting Nick Pascale Stephen's Martyrdom was the beginning of Paul's (Saul's) conversion! This was the sad ironic fact by a death another man gained a new life. And that man was the force behind the start of Christianity! This MOC showed it not in gruesome violence but in just stones, you didn't go for blood! I am proud of you for that!!! I just wrote Cody and told him I missed his Lenten MOCs yours today was a good sign! 10 heads and I am sure God will bless you for this!
Thanks very much Mr. Pascal! It's a good thing I didn't end up deciding to give up Lego's for lent. Ah! The horror of such a thought!
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  March 26, 2012
Stephen's Martyrdom was the beginning of Paul's (Saul's) conversion! This was the sad ironic fact by a death another man gained a new life. And that man was the force behind the start of Christianity! This MOC showed it not in gruesome violence but in just stones, you didn't go for blood! I am proud of you for that!!! I just wrote Cody and told him I missed his Lenten MOCs yours today was a good sign! 10 heads and I am sure God will bless you for this!
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  March 26, 2012
Great MOC!
 
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