Happy Passover

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The illustration, by an unknown artist, of Moses parting the Red Sea was created between 1350 and 1375. It is one illustration from Rudolf von Ems’ Chronicle of the World (Weltchronik) written more than a century earlier.

I thought it was appropriate to use it because although the artist hadn’t mastered geometric perspective, that technique would have to wait another century he certainly has a perspective on the story of Passover†. A perspective that was unchallenged until the 20th century. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt to freedom in the land of Israel. One can only imagine the look of complete bewilderment on his face if told that Palestinians beat them to it.

Pessach 2015

Moses is drawn with horns, a mistranslation of the Hebrew word keren  which can mean horns but also is generally translated as rays of light. There is no doubt the Jews were crossing the Red Sea – they are  wearing the distinctive Jew’s Hat enforced in some places in Europe after 1215 for adult male Jews to wear while outside a ghetto in order to distinguish Jews from others.

The real irony? Moses is mentioned more in the Quran than any other Old or New Testament personality, and his life is narrated and recounted more than that of any other prophet. The exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is considered similar to the migration (hijra) made by the followers of Muhammad. One could only imagine the look of complete bewilderment on Mohammed’s face if told that Palestinians beat them to it.

For those who celebrate it Five Minutes for Israel wishes a happy look on your face this Pessach.

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By Anonymous (Meister 1) (Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek Fulda) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

† If anyone is puzzled Pessach and Passover are the same festival.

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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