Mysteries of the Tanakh Art Show
  New Art Inspired by the Ancient, Sacred Texts

Nine of the seventy-seven monotypes
with transliterated text
Genesis Temptation
Adam and Eve and the Temptation. A tree and the serpent. Perhaps an image of the medulla spinalis. Partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The fall. Supplanting the instinctive with the rational and logical. The root of the tree is the brain. Marking the rise of the mind which sees us as separate, when in fact we are all one.

Abram's Calling
Abram’s Calling. The Creator’s message. A cryptic foretelling of what was to come. The voice of the one audible only in the ear of the first patriarch. Displayed as a ribbon unwinding. Envisioning the wanderings of Abram and his family.

Jacob's Ladder Dream
Jacob’s Ladder. A vision in Jacob’s dream of the connection to our origin with the Creator. Showing that dreams are a means by which we gain access to images of our origin. Our dreams are also visions of the connection to our origin. Stories about dreams appear throughout the bible. Dreaming is universal. Regardless, of time period, age, gender, ethnicity, economic or social status, we all dream. Dreams are a connecting link showing we are one.

10- Plagues
The Ten Plagues. The text tells us that Moses warned pharaoh that ten plagues would befall Egypt if the Israelites were not released from bondage. The story might be an allegory. Each of the plagues could be symbolic. The plagues brought on by Pharaoh’s stubborn resistance to freeing the Hebrews are our plagues. Exodus is a model for the spiritual journey itself. A roadmap for our own passage out of bondage and into freedom.

Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant. A box covered in gold containing tablets of the Ten Commandments, a vessel of manna, and Aaron’s rod. Atop the box were angelic figures bowing toward the center of the lid which was called the Mercy Seat. The Creator was said to dwell in the Ark. In addition to the possibility of the Ark being an actual, physical object, the ark can symbolize a mindfulness where one is conscious of the presence of the Creator within and without.

Wisdom of Solomon
Solomon's Wisdom This symbolic image is based on the idea that the circle represents the Creator and it is through the Creator that wisdom is to be gained. Solomon is represented top center. Below him are seven archetypal images depicting young and old men and women, boys and girls, and infants. The lesson here is if one is to know the Creator, he or she must see the Creator in others. Likewise, to know people, one must see the Creator in them.

Fiery Furnace
The Fiery Furnace. This story in the Book of Daniel is full of symbolic meaning. The furnace is symbolic of the trials of life and also of purification. The three Israelites personify the number three which in Hebrew symbolism stands for truth, time, and permanence. The fourth person in the furnace embodies the creative. The Latin words above are translated “Altogether One.”

Job's Tribulations
Job Is Tested. Job is famous for the tribulation he faced and for his patience. A unique element in this story is the description of a debate taking place in Heaven between the Creator and the one who works evil. The latter is the accuser. The former is the sustainer.

Jonah is widely known for the story of his spending three days in the belly of a large fish. This is a highly symbolic element. A symbol of a new life. As a whole, the story of Jonah could well be a roadmap for the spiritual journey from ignorance to full consciousness of oneness with the Creator. This is the big question.

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