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Tribes of Israel Paintings in Acrylic

In Gensis 49, shortly before his death, Jacob calls his sons together to tell them what shall befall them in the last days.  From this reference and from other scriptural references in Chronicles and Deuteronomy come the symbols that represent the twelve tribes of Israel.  In the 1960's Marc Chagal, noted French artist, designed stained glass windows for the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem.  These three paintings are my original interpretations of the scriptural references, and other historical information that I have gathered in my research.  While these are executed on canvas, they depict a sense of what they would look like if executed in stained glass.


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Tribe of Asher

 

Asher - 

Scriptural Reference:  Genesis 49:20 - "Out of Asher his bread shall be fat"  Meaning that his crops shall be plentiful.  

The coastal strip up to Sidon was inhabited by the tribe of Asher.  The fertility of this land is symbolized by the olive tree.  

 

 


Tribe of Dan

 

Dan -

Scriptural Reference:  Genesis 49:16, 17 - "Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.  Dan shall be as a serpent by the way, an adder in the path".

The tribe of Dan settled near the source of the Jordan River.

 

 


Tribe of Zebulun

 

Zebulun - 

Scriptural Reference:  Genesis 49:13 - "Zebulun shall dwell at the sea, and be a haven for ships"

The tribe of Zebulun settled the country's seaboard and, as symbolized by its emblem, was engaged in navigation.

 

 


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