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Vol. 47 no. 3: Winter 2013–14

Blake’s Priestly Blessing: God Blesses Job

  • Abraham Samuel Shiff
Submitted
14 January 2014
Published
14 Jan. 2014

Abstract

Blake portrays the Orthodox Jewish ritual for the priestly blessing in plate 17 of Illustrations of the Book of Job. This essay explains the ritual, analyzes Blake’s iconography, and argues why he resorts to this Jewish practice.