Steven Ru Art

"Balaam,
  Prophet for   Hire
"  
 Pen & Ink
  & ink wash       11 x 14"
  July 2018

After Gustav Jaeger, 1836. Balaam is A VERY INTERESTING STORY in the Old Testament
(the Torah). He is a prophet who heard the word of G-d, but used his power to get money to curse people based on his knowledge. After the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years and were entering into Canaan, a prince tried to give money to Balaam to curse the Israelites. G-d warns him to be very careful what he says. Balaam was REALLY reluctant to let this plum assignment go. In this scene, Balaam’s donkey sees the Angel standing before them, to prevent Balaam from taking money over the word of G-d. He whips the donkey, who SPEAKS to him (after not speaking to him for 20 years of trusty service). This is the moment where a prophet is arguing with his talking donkey (?), seconds before he sees what the donkey sees. Let’s just say
G-d really gives Balaam a talking to, and Balaam ultimately says such beautiful words about Israel “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob…” that those words are part of the daily service.

STEVEN RUSHEFSKY

 

 

Balaam