March 19, 2006
“When you look at stained glass windows you are looking at an interest in history,” said Dr. Doug Watson, Oklahoma Baptist University professor of English. Watson spoke in OBU’s weekly Chapel service recently, as part of the continuing Stained Glass Window Series in OBU’s Raley Chapel this academic year.
Addressing the Literature window, Watson mentioned its location is in the southeast corner of Potter Auditorium, and that the window only can be seen partially from inside Raley Chapel.
“We have to make choices about what we read,” said Watson. “We make the choice to read the stories that reflect us or that will project our lives. We need to exercise the values about the texts we read.”
Starting at the bottom of the window, he pointed out the progression in literature, how the first forms of writings were done on clay tablets and papyrus plants. Featured are symbols of early media such as cuneiform, glyphs and a miniscule Hebrew alphabet.
A bookshelf is presented in the window with 17th century texts placed on the shelf. Classics including works by Shakespeare and Dante are depicted.
Near the top of the window sits a Bible with the reference to Proverbs 4:7, which says “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
A quill pen and an ink bottle are featured above the Bible, with another shelf of books with a lamp crowning the window’s display.
“This is my favorite part of the window,” Watson said. “These books were individually chosen. Then there is the rich symbol of the lamp that suggests that literature can shed light on our way.”