Crossing the Red Sea


Crossing the Red Sea, Juxtaposed with the Story of Moreduch and Taiemet (Babylonian Myth)

Pharaoh's chariots and his hosts have He hurled into the sea, and the chosen among his captains were drowned in the Red Sea. The deeps cover them now, they went down into the shadowy depths like a stone (Exodus 15: 4-5). 

When the Israelites emerge from the Red Sea, they sing 'The Song of the Sea,' with references to building a Temple to God. Mesopotamian religion similarly related a tale of the construction of a temple. This illumination is the artist's comparison of these stories, since both the Exodus and Mesopotamian accounts employ drowning themes, as well as the promise that the survivors will build a Temple.


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