Thursday, September 29, 2011

The binding and unbinding of Isaac

The frightful story of the binding of Isaac, in Genesis 22, is read in the synagogue every Rosh Hashana.

I talked about it and showed other artistic portrayals of the almost-deed here and here.
But the photos in today's post are of Sam Philipe's sculpture "Akedat Yitshak" (the Binding of Isaac), on exhibit at Jerusalem's Mamilla mall.

We can be glad that the angel was sent just in time to stop Abraham's hand.

In the story's happy end, the angel quotes God as saying to Abraham
". . . in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast hearkened to My voice."

By the way, Christians are celebrating today too. It is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, also known as the Feast of the Archangels.

More about Rosh Hashana in previous posts:


  1. This sculpture has amazing power and beauty. Amazing.

  2. What a heavenly statue! Of course I know and have heard this story from the Bible.

  3. What an unique statue! I didn't imagine such a beautiful thing.

  4. That's one very powerful sculpture of the Binding of Isaac.

    Shanah Tovah to you, Dina!

    [Re my post: I speak conversational Chinese and do recognize some characters, but my vocabulary leaves a lot to be desired.]

  5. With me wife being pregnant I started to read the Old Testament again and again; once the child born, returned to Genesis 22 time and again.
    Writing in one point a five page essay as part of the Master diploma in Theology wanting to obtain.
    And yes, many a night it kept me awake while looking at the sleeping child. Probably one of the few pieces I love from the whole book.

  6. LOVE Michael and the Archangels!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki;

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  7. Angels seem to feature prominently today. I look forward to the day when all the nations will agree with what the angel told Abraham...and now I need to go read up about the Feast of Archangels...there are so many Christian holy days I am ignorant about even though I've been a Christian since 1973!

  8. What a powerful presentation of this story in sculpture.

  9. What a beautiful art! And a strong story about Abraham. Well known
    Hope you have a blessed weekend:-)

  10. Fantastic sculpture! Great balance.

  11. That is truly a powerful and beautiful sculpture.


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