Moses Striking the Rock and Bringing Forth the Water.
 Bachiacca, 1494-1557

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Title:Moses Striking the Rock and Bringing Forth the Water
Notes:"...Moses had done a terrible thing. Moses had not followed God's instructions. Instead of only speaking to the rock, Moses struck it and made it appear that his power, not the power of God, had caused the water to flow. And Moses struck the rock not once but twice, emphasizing that his striking of the rock was no accident...Moses should have said something like "Behold the power of God" and then told the rock to give water in the name of God. By saying "Shall we bring forth water for you?" and then striking the rock Moses made it appear that he was creating the water with his rod. He was pretending to be a magician." (Sandidge, 175)
Artist:Bachiacca, 1494-1557
Building:National Gallery of Scotland
Country:United Kingdom

Scripture:Exodus 17:1-7
Person as Subject:Moses (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:AProp21
General Subject:Water
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Italy
ICONCLASS Number:71E1263

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Attribution:Bachiacca, 1494-1557. Moses Striking the Rock and Bringing Forth the Water, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 19, 2021]. Original source:
Record Number:51130 Last Updated: 2020-11-27 05:51:20 Record Created: 2007-04-19 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Forty Years in the Wilderness: Moses Leads the Bible's Lost Generation
Author:Sandidge, Sue
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation