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    detail of a painting of a lamb

    Covering the Cover: The Violence of Love

    By Rosalind Stevenson

    March 12, 2021

    To represent the Violence of Love on our Plough Quarterly cover, we chose a detail from an Agnus Dei by the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán, depicting the sacrificial Lamb of God as referenced in John 1:29. Zurbarán painted six versions of this image during his lifetime; this version, widely considered his finest, was made between 1635 and 1640, in Seville.

    Plough Quarterly No. 27: The Violence of Love


    We have never preached violence,
    except the violence of love,
    which left Christ nailed to a cross,
    the violence that we must each do to ourselves
    to overcome our selfishness
    and such cruel inequalities among us.

    The violence we preach
    is not the violence of the sword,
    the violence of hatred.
    It is the violence of love, of brotherhood,
    the violence that wills to beat weapons
    into sickles for work.

    Oscar Romero, November 27, 1977


    painting of a sheep

    Francisco de Zurbarán, Agnus Dei, 1635–1640

    Contributed By RosalindStevenson2 Rosalind Stevenson

    Rosalind Stevenson is the magazine designer for Plough. She lives at Fox Hill Bruderhof in Walden, New York.

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