Exodus 16 tells us that after their second deliverance from Pharaoh, the Israelites enter the desert. They are hungry and immediately they begin to complain, yet again, in verse 3:
“Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
The Gathering of the Manna BOUTS (ca. 1410/1420-1475)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/7575-the-gathering-of-the-manna-dieric-the-elder-bouts.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting. What is the figure seeming to kindly look down upon the Jews from a luminous break in the clouds? Jesus? God? What was Bout’s purpose in including it in the painting?
The Jews in the Desert TINTORETTO (1518,-1594)
See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/t/tintoret/5_1580s/2desert.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and an analysis.
Jews Gathering the Manna in the Desert POUSSIN (1594-1665)
See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poussin,_Nicolas_-_The_Jews_Gathering_the_Manna_in_the_Desert_-1637_-_1639.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting.
Exodus 17:3 tells us that the people became thirsty and again complain:
“And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?”
Moses Striking the Rock BASSANO (1557-1622)
See http://www.terminartors.com/artworkprofile/Bassano_Leandro-Moses_Striking_the_Rock for the source of the photograph of the painting.
Moses Drawing Water from the Rock TINTORETTI (1577)
See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/39994-moses-drawing-water-from-the-rock-tintoretto.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.
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