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Emmaus

Two events associated with the village of Emmaus are described in the New Testament:

The Walk to Emmaus. After Christ's Resurrection two disciples were walking from Jerusalem near to Emmaus. Christ joined them but they failed to recognise him. They described to him the death of Jesus. One of the disciples is named as Cleopas, the other is sometimes shown as Saint Peter; all three are usually dressed as pilgrims (Mark 16: 12; Luke 24: 13-27).

The Supper at Emmaus. The disciples suggested that Jesus join them. They dined together and when he broke the bread and offered it to them as he had at the Last Supper, they recognised him (Luke 24: 28-32). A number of artists have painted this moment of revelation.

The Supper at Emmaus
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
1601
The Road to Emmaus
Altobello Melone
about 1516-17
The Walk to Emmaus
Lelio Orsi
about 1565-75
 
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