Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 5

Title: Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law
Artist: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 168.5 cm x 136.5 cm 
Date: 1659
Location: Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden rings...
Five Golden Rings have been interpreted to represent the Pentateuch, or Five Books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy). The King James Version of the Bible introduces Genesis as “the first book of Moses” numbering all the books down to Deuteronomy as the “fifth book of Moses”. There are scholarly hypotheses that indicate Moses himself may not have actually written all five books, but the tradition of Mosaic authorship is still considered when reviewing the work. It does not make the Scripture any less the inspired word of God, for God uses human instruments here on earth to further his kingdom.

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