"The Binding of Isaac," by artist Maurice Schmidt, depicts his
interpretation of a classic Biblical story. Schmidt says he feels the scene
was a joyous occasion where Abraham proved his love for God, and that
his only son Isaac was never intended by God to be sacrificed. Schmidt
incorporates many religious symbols into his paintings, including prayer
shawls, tefillin as the binding on Isaac and Abraham, and the shofar, or
ram's horn, to represent the voice of the Angel of God.
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