And don’t forget Martha, who did the cooking while Mary sat and listened to Jesus.
Paintings of Cain and Abel .
‘The First Mourning’ by Bougeureau speaks to every parent’s worst fear. Adam and Eve have found the body of their beloved son Abel.
Cain murders Abel by Pietro Novelli
The Ghent altarpiece has Cain holding a sheaf of wheat as if it is a weapon. His face is twisted in hate, but his brother Abel seems oblivious of the danger behind him.
Eve with Cain and Abel by Bacchiacci
That is for certain! It seems strange that the artist would have portrayed him like that, at least to me.
The Prophet Elisa is jeered. 2 Kings 2:23-24.
Joseph Receives His Father and Brothers in Egypt by Salomon de Bray
" Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time." (Genesis 46:29)
"Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)
The Tower of Babel is a painting produced in 1563 by Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel The Elder.
Sky scrapers are to some degree like the tower of Babel, though also having a functional value.
" David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul." (1 Samuel 24:7)
David Sparing Saul, by C.F. Vos
"After putting Samson to sleep on her lap, Delilah called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him."
Samson and Delilah Delilah cutting Samson’s hair Art by Manuel Gervasin
Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah
1611, Pieter Lastman – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
From Tobit 8: Tobiah, mindful of Raphael’s instructions, took the fish’s liver and heart from the bag where he had them, and put them on the embers intended for incense. The odor of the fish repulsed the demon, and it fled to the upper regions of Egypt; Raphael went in pursuit of it and there bound it hand and foot.
" When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain." (Exodus 32:19)
Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law by Rembrandt
"Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day."
First Day of Creation by Mi Young
" I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!" (Job 16:2)
Job’s Comforters by William Blake
Jonah then left the city for a place to the east of it, where he built himself a hut and waited under it in the shade, to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a gourd plant. And when it grew up over Jonah’s head, giving shade that relieved him of any discomfort, Jonah was greatly delighted with the plant. But the next morning at dawn God provided a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered.
I heard Frances Hogan speak of this very thing on EWTN just this week. I just caught the end of it, but Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus the way she explained it was VERY INTERESTING!!!
" Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground." (Genesis 18:2)
" Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over . After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.” (Joshua 3:1-3)
Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant by Benjamin West, 1800
This morning I heard a reading from Chronicles about King David and the temple musicians, so here’s King David playing his harp. I wonder if there were critics of the temple musicians back then like we have now in our churches . “Oh why did David have to play that new Psalm? Why couldn’t he just stick with the older Psalms?”