Texts: Exodus 20:8-11; John 2: 13-22
If you ever want to see an aurochs, you’ll have to go to a museum. When you do, you’ll be looking at a set of assembled bones.
If you’re extremely fortunate, or have some amazing connections, you could witness depictions of the aurochs on the cave walls of Lascaux, France, a gift from ancient artists, accidently discovered 75 years ago by four teenage boys, preserved for almost 20,000 years.
But hardly anyone’s allowed in there anymore, too much humidity and light. A more likely opportunity would be to watch the stunning documentary from Werner Herzog, “Cave of forgotten dreams,” which gives rare video footage of these kinds of paintings.
The aurochs once had a range across Europe and Asia and North Africa, that stretched from the western most parts of present day Portugal and Spain to the East coast of China and the Koreas. At some point, the story of the aurochs and story of the human intersected and merged. Aurochs became a reliable source of meat for hunters, a source of inspiration for artists. About 8-10,000 years ago, in at least two separate locations, India and the Near...