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Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee by Rembrandt.
Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee

The enthusiasm of Jesus' followers led them to make an attempt to take him by force, to make him king. Jesus, however, frustrated this attempt, withdrawing with his disciples by ship over the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:15-21).

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669) painted Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee in 1633. It is still missing after robbery from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

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Sat, Nov 21st - 8:27AM

Blinding of Samson by Rembrandt

Blinding of Samson by Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn painted The Blinding of Samson in 1636. It is now in the collection of the Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany.

Delilah found out the secret of Samson's strength was his long hair. Delilah told the Philistines who cut off Samson's hair while he slept. The Philistines were then able to overpower Samson and blinded him.

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Tue, Nov 17th - 4:39PM

Esau and Jacob by Matthias Stom

Esau and Jacob by Matthias Stom

Matthias Stom (c.1600 – after 1652) was born in the Utrecht area but spent most of his artistic life in Italy. Esau and Jacob was painted in the 1640s and is now in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Returning home one day, the exhausted Esau caught the scent of a lentil dish that his younger twin brother Jacob had prepared. Esau asked Jacob to give him some but Jacob said he would only if Esau relinquished his birthright to him. Without much consideration, he gave up these rights, which did not seem very crucial to him.

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Tue, Nov 10th - 4:39PM

Blessing of Jacob by Govert Flinck

Blessing of Jacob by Govert Flinck

Govert Teuniszoon Flinck was born in 1615 at Cleves and died in 1660 at Amsterdam. He painted The Blessing of Jacob in 1638 and it is now in the Rijskmuseum Amsterdam.

When Isaac was blind and about to die, he wished to give his blessing his elder son Esau. Rebekah dressed her younger son Jacob in Esau's clothing and put goat skins on his hands and neck so that they should feel hairy like Esau. Issac had his doubts about which son had come to him but was convinced by the clothing and the hairiness, and gave his blessing to Jacob.(see Genesis 28:10-22)

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Thu, Nov 5th - 8:07AM

Massacre of the Innocents by Cornelis van Haarlem
detail from Massacre of the Innocents by Cornelis van Haarlem

Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638) painted Massacre of the Innocents in 1590 (detail shown). It is now part of the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

King Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi (Matthew 2:16-18).
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