Saturday, April 9, 2022

Salmon, Boaz, Obed - Sistine Chapel - Michelangelo

We just learned about the Sistine Chapel paintings of Jesus' ancestors, Aminadab, and Naason.

Another of the ancestor paintings is of Salmon, Boaz and Obed, sometimes spelled like Booz and Obeth.

Just like the other ancestors, Salmon, Boaz and Obed are in the Old Testament of the Bible a few times, throughout the books of Exodus, Numbers, and Chronicles, usually just being listed as part of the old family of God's people.

In the book of Matthew in the New Testament, in the list of relatives of Jesus, Salmon is the son of Nahson that we just learned about.
Salmon is the father of Boaz who married Ruth.
Boaz and Ruth were the parents of Obed.

Obed is the Grandfather of David.

Michelangelo painted a woman holding a baby, and an old man.
Most people think that the woman is supposed to be Ruth, the baby is Obed, and the old man is Boaz.
The mother is painted to look very colorful and tender, while the old man is supposed to look hunched and angry.

(from: wikipedia - gallery of sistine chapel ceiling)

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