Iconia: Have artists condemned the “wayward wife” to oblivion? Richard McBee’s new Sotah series

Menachem Wecker’s blog (Iconia) at the Houston Chronicle has an interesting article on art in relation to Numbers 5 (the “wayward wife” passage).

At the risk of being crude, the narrative in Numbers 5 of the Sotah, the so-called “wayward wife,” ought to be a goldmine for biblical painters….Why have Jewish artists entirely neglected this important biblical episode, and why have Christian artists nearly avoided it altogether? It is hard to imagine that they were aware that the episode might never have been enacted… And even if Numbers 5 is meant to put forth a law that was never practiced, why should that have stopped artists?  Read the whole article…

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