Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ABC Wednesday, N for Naphtali

NAPHTALI

Second son of Jacob and Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, and younger full brother of Dan. According to Gen. xxx. 8, the name means "my wrestling," and has reference to the jealous rivalry of the sisters Rachel and Leah.  In the Blessing of Jacob  the passage which concerns Naphtali has reference to the qualities of the tribe, rather than to those of the individual. "Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words"; i.e., "He is alert, nimble, free-spirited, and has poetical or oratorical gifts" (Driver, Commentary on Genesis, ad loc.).Naphtali was a swift runner and came first to Jacob with the good news that Joseph was alive.


 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or  Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with N.


This is one of the twelve windows created by Marc Chagall in the Hadassah synagogue.

18 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Wow, I'd never would have thought to pick him. Joseph gets all the props. well done.

anthonynorth said...

A good choice. And informative.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Nifty "N" choice, beautiful windows and background details. Have a great week.

Sylvia K said...

You always have a wonderful subject for the day, Wil, and this one for the N Day is no exception! Beautiful! I love the window by Chagall! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Kay L. Davies said...

Very interesting, Wil.
Isn't the window beautiful?
K

photowannabe said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful artwork and the Bible story too.
You had such a marvelous trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Luna Miranda said...

beautiful stained glass window. a great N post---didn't remember Naphtali until i read your post.

ABC Wednesday

EG CameraGirl said...

That's such a beautiful window! Thank you for the information about Naphtali.

Leslie: said...

STunning stained glass! And a great story to read in the Bible.

Leslie
abcw team

Ann said...

amazing work , wonder how much time the artist spent.

Dina said...

Shalom Wil. I remember your seeing this window and thinking "Ah! Letter N for ABC Wednesday."

Ann said...

I don't know why, I always thought your Dad was with the Dutch administration.

My Dad went to and from England by P & O. I suppose your journeys were like this.

What do you feel about the Titanic memorial?

Arkansas Patti said...

Amazing stained glass and an unknown to me Bible story. Thanks Wil.

RuneE said...

I must admit that to me Naphtha means something quite different, but it was nice to learn the probable etymology :-)

PS Thank you for the nice comment. The Norwegian media is full of just one person these days, and maybe rightly so. I'm not religious, but if I was - this is evil incarnate.

Gattina said...

Very interesting, with blogging I learn every day !

Vicki Lane said...

Such wonderful stained glass!

chubskulit said...

I love the details on that window Wil.

Nursing to Nuclear Medicine
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Marie said...

It's stunning! For a stained glass window it is so unique. I love the correlation in the scriptures.