Friday, 14 September 2012

Ideas for Deuteronomy 3:16

The book of Deuteronomy completes the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible. Deuteronomy means 'the second law', so we could regard this book as a reaffirmation and summary of essential principles in the previous books.
In chapter 3 Moses records the battle with the Amorites and how the tribes of Reuben and Gad had asked to remain east of the Jordan river. Moses assigned to them the land from the Jabbok River down to the Arnon River. Therefore we read in chapter 3:16

And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon 

First I thought that this verse might be translated into a nice landscape quilt. But I want to think about it a bit more.
These are the scribbles in my visual diary so far:
territorial rights, possesing land, map, rivers, God ownes all the land, but has given this piece to Reuben and Gad to take care of it, parchment look, old map torn up, blue, green, creamy, black, orange.

I really like the idea to explore the idea of a map and to emphasise the 'possessing of the land'. Especially when 'Possessing the land' is mentioned more than 60 times!!!

How do you express possession. I am thinking in the line of fingerprints...Maybe I can stitch a fingerprint look over the land/map look.

sketch deuteronomy 3:16
Very rough sketch (and picture needs to be rotated)

maps Israel
Trying to print the right map...In the end I used none of them :(

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