Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Call me Ishmael"

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Half of our father Abraham is in the light, half is in shadow (for Shadow Shot Sunday).
But the names of both his sons are in bright sun: Isaac on his right hand and Ishmael on his left.
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The artist, Betty Moller, writes that her "Abraham" is based on Genesis 17:9 --

"Then God said to Abraham, 'As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.' "

Today many consider Ishmael to be the father of the Arab people.
I like to think that there is a parallel inside the building, behind the sculpture, of two young workers talking, one a Jew and one an Arab.
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16 comments:

Spiderdama said...

It is a beautiful sculpture and an interesting thought.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend Dina:-)

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful, Dina, the parallel with the two workers. I'd like to think the same, and pray for peace.

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ρομπερτ said...

What moving moment !

Please have a good Sunday.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Did the old man love one son more than the other? I think not--at least as I understand the biblical story. I think it broke his heart to drive Hagar and Ishmael away...

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Shadow, shadow lurking dark
In a corner of the park,
What immortal eye can see
Your transcendent symmetry?


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Theanne and Baron said...

I was born during a war and it seems there's been very little peace since. If only we could remember our roots, remember where we came from...so we can find the path to peace...together!

Louis la Vache said...

A fine interpretation of the verse.

LV said...

A very interesting sculpture with plenty of shadows.

Cloudia said...

your wishes for brotherhood are sweet. May they rise up like incense pleasing to God & Humans.


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spacedlaw said...

That is such a strange sculpture, he looks like he might have melted in the sun. Nice.

Reader Wil said...

It would be great and a true miracle if Ishmael and Isaac reconciled and became loving brothers. The sculpture is brilliant!

Birdman said...

We can dream can't we?!

VP said...

Strange, but not so bad...

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous capture!

Our shadow, have a blessed Sunday!

Cassie said...

How serendipitous that the 2 youths stood there to be captured behind Father Abraham! Very cool Shadow Shot!

JM said...

Very cool creation!

Kay said...

This is a beautiful photo of a powerful sculpture. I wish Jew and Arab could have lasting peace.