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The Book of Job in Art
The Bible's leading treatment of suffering and death, reward and punishment, good and evil, Job is depicted by Jewish, Christian and Muslim artist
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom21 ViewsSeptember 14, 2023Theology,Bible ,Midrash,Art
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The Story of Ruth in Art
The scroll of Ruth is the bible's special expression of hesed - charity, caring. But artists show that the scroll also deals with the economic and emotional difficulties of women in biblical times.
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Creation in art: Four means of Creation
Artistic and literary understandings of the Creation through 4 distinct means
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The Life of Moses in Art
Various aspects of Moses' character and role in the Torah and in later Jewish tradition are treated by artists, each of whom imagines Moses in accordance with the beliefs of their times, communities and religions.
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom24 ViewsMarch 29, 2023Midrash,Bible,Art
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Cain and Abel in Art
The story of Cain and Abel is the first in a series of tales of fraternal rivalry in the book of Genesis. It has attracted much attention from Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists, who express their understandings of the meaning of the story in the details of their artwork
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom120 ViewsMarch 26, 2023Art,Bible,Midrash
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Elijah the prophet in art
The eccentric character, Elijah the prophet, is the subject of much Jewish, Christian and Muslim artwork, sometimes linked to biblical stories and often to later midrashim and interpretations of his adventures.
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The Scroll of Esther in Art
Jewish art on the Scroll of Esther frequently imagines the story of Purim in accordance with midrashim. Christian art, too, interprets the story in light of textual additions to the scroll.
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom204 ViewsApril 14, 2023Art,Bible,Midrash,Septuagint
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Jerusalem in Art
How Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists have imagined and imaged Jerusalem throughout the ages, reflecting their views of the holy city's signficance
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom540 ViewsMarch 9, 2023History,Art
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David in art
David - hero, singer, king - is the focus of much Jewish and Christian art, especially connected with his role as progenitor of the messiah
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom155 ViewsJuly 10, 2023Midrash,Bible,Art
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Ezekiel - From Destruction to Restoration at Dura Europos
Among the paintings in the synagogue of Dura Europos, special place is given to the prophet Ezekiel's visions, and especially to the Valley of Dry Bones. How did the Durene artist imagine the prophet's extraordinary vision and its meaning for this 3rd century community?
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom51 ViewsAugust 9, 2023Bible,Midrash,Art
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Birthright and Blessing in Art
Fraternal rivalry and inheritance, two of the major themes of Genesis, are treated extensively in the story of Jacob and Esau. Artists have depicted their relationship in a variety of ways, often influenced by literary midrash, which casted Esau as a villain
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom51 ViewsApril 11, 2023Art,Midrash,Bible
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The Golden Calf in Art
The story of the Golden Calf is the archetype of the widespread phenomenon of idolatry in biblical times. How have artists related to the account? As moral degeneracy, or as an understandable reaction to the fears and uncertainty of the new nation under trying circumstances?
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom135 ViewsMarch 24, 2023Bible,Art,Midrash
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The Splitting of the Red Sea in Art
The splitting of the Red Sea and its crossing by the people of Israel is the culmination of their escape from the bondage in Egypt. How have artists pictured the miracle itself, the role of the people and the role of Moses?
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom59 ViewsMarch 25, 2023Midrash,Art,Bible
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Jacob's dream in art
Jacob's dream/ladder is his first encounter with God and a turning point in his life. Examination of the artwork on this story reveals a variety of readings of the man and the symbol
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom53 ViewsApril 30, 2023Midrash,Bible,Art
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The Burning Bush in Art
In their treatments of the story of the Burning Bush, artists express their readings of Moses as the ideal leader.
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom57 ViewsMarch 21, 2023Bible,Art,Midrash
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Solomon in art
King Solomon of the Bible undergoes various changes in post-biblical literature and especially in Jewish and Muslim art.
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom66 ViewsJuly 23, 2023Art,Midrash,Bible
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Jacob's struggles in art
Jacob is frequently portrayed in conflict with others. Artists and other commentators hint at the internal struggle that these conflicts express.
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Art on the book of Judges: Women as victims
Women as victims in the book of Judges epitomize the breakdown of society in that era. Artists attempt to understand the details and significance of their tragedies
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom67 ViewsMay 8, 2023Midrash,Bible,Art
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Art on the Book of Judges: Dominant women
An unusually large number of women appear in the Book of Judges. This essay examines how artists picture the dominant women of Judges - leaders, heroines and femmes fatales
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom68 ViewsMay 13, 2023Bible,Midrash,Art
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The story of Adam and Eve in Art
The various descriptions of the creation/formation of human beings in Genesis have been treated extensively by artists, expressing their different readings of the biblical narratives as well as various midrashic sources.
Joel Duman Jo Milgrom70 ViewsMay 6, 2023Bible,Art,Midrash
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