IRJ-QR #15

A Mother’s Love: Rebekah’s Deception

I have always had the best intentions for my son, Jacob. Ever since he and Esau were born, he was the quiet, sensitive twin to juxtapose his brother’s strong manliness. When my husband, Isaac, began to go blind, he wanted to bless Esau, his favorite son. What Isaac never knew was that God had come to me before our children were born, telling me that Jacob would be stronger than his brother.

Knowing this, I tricked my husband into believing that Jacob was Esau so that Jacob could be blessed. I dressed Jacob into Esau’s clothing, put fur on him because he was not as hairy as his brother, and prepared a meal for Isaac. Thankfully, it worked and Jacob was blessed. This not only gave my son the blessing, but also helped him much to succeed as I always knew he would.

Of course, I loved Esau. He too was my son, but I realized that without a blessing he would be okay in life because of his manliness. Esau had always been the perfect stereotype of how men were supposed to act; yet, Jacob never lived up to the expectation of the ideal man. I did not believe that others would see his true personality, as I did, and would hurt him because of his lack of a “manly” personality.

My deception, however, was nothing like what Laban did to Jacob. After my son had fallen in love with Laban’s younger daughter, Rachel, he worked for Laban for seven years to have Rachel’s hand in marriage. Yet, after all that work, Laban lied to Jacob and gave him Leah!

Laban justified his lies by saying that it was not tradition for a younger sister to be married before her older sister. But why should that matter? God had already told me that the younger brother would be greater than the older brother, so why should an older sister be more important than her younger sister? Tradition means nothing if God has contradicted it. God is our creator, and what he says means more than any tradition.


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IRJ-QR #14

An Autocrat or a Guardian? : Noah


After a generation of evil, God realizes that he must wipe out the human race; yet, after some consideration, he remembers that not all men are evil. Noah is said to be a “righteous man, blameless in his generation” (Gen. 7.9). Clearly, in the eyes of all that read Genesis, Noah’s admirable character has a positive connotation.

In the two pictures of Noah, he looks up towards God. The difference is that in the first picture, Noah looks up to God knowingly and concedidly; whereas, in the seconds picture, Noah looks up to the God and dove thankfully and lovingly.

The attire Noah wears in both of the picture also heavily affects the audience’s opinion about Noah. Although he is dressed in red in both, the first picture makes Noah look self-absorbed aposed to his true nature of giving and selflessness.  

In the Bible, Noah is said to be “righteous,” which means morally right or justifiable ( In the first picture I blogged about, the artist depicted Noah as a despot when building the ark; in contrast, the second artist illustrated Noah as a noble protector. Because of his facial expression and his clothing, the second picture undoubtly interprets Noah better.

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IRJ-QR #13

The Protector of Nature: Noah

In this rendition of Noah and his ark, the artist interprets Noah, standing on his ark, with his hand out to a dove. Noah stands on the ark not with pride in his work, but rather in awe of the true beauty of nature which is symbolized through the dove and the olive branch.

His stretched out hand can be interpereted in two ways. The first way shows that Noah, a caring man, welcomes back the dove with loving and open arms. The second way shows that Noah wants the dove to fly away from the ark and back to the world where he knows the dove belongs. Either way it is looked at, Noah is represented as a man who protected nature and saved all of the species from the flood.

Noah’s clothing, apart from his red robe, does not stand out from the rest of the painting. The color choice decided by the author symbolizes Noah’s humbleness. On the inside, Noah does not believe he is different from any other human and also does not want to be treated differently.

His eye-catching red robe, on the other hand, represents his special connection with God. Although Noah wants “normality,” there is no denying that Noah is not special. God chooses Noah to be the one to build the ark and to survive the flood because the Lord believes in him. His clothing shows his want for acceptence on the inside, but his special connection with God on the outside.

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IRJ-QR #12

A Dictator Rather than a True Leader: Noah

In this picture, Noah concededly stands rather than helping his sons, Ham, Shem, and Japheth, and his grandson, Canaan, build the ark.  Noah’s centered position between all of the workers displays his ideology that because he was the closest with God, he is the most important. Noah speaks to God as the men toil away to build an ark; and although this is important, Noah originally knew God’s commands and should have been helping build the ark. The fact that Noah stands looking towards the sky rather than helping the others work on the unfinished ark, makes it look like a dictatorship rather than a fellowship.

The artist also depicts that Noah happens to be the most important character through his clothing. The others all have clothing colors that are similar to each other’s (green, purple, lighter colors); yet, Noah wears white to represent an “angelic” quality, but also wears the striking color of red so that the audience’s eyes will first go to him.

This painting of Noah and the building of the ark not only emphasizes that Noah is the main character of that story in the bible, but makes it seem that all he did was boss around everyone rather than truly build the ark.

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IRJ-QR #11

The Fake Safety Blankets We Depend On: Human’s Gullible Beliefs

After weeks of Gawaine’s disappearance, a team goes back to the thicket where he was last seen. They see nothing but “the metal parts of his medals. Even the ribbons had been devoured” (Broun 54).   Upon this discovery, the characters, as well as the audience, can infer that a dragon has eaten Gawaine. This task  of killing this dragon was given to Gawaine in belief that it would be easy and would help him get back on his feet after he found out that his magic word was not magical at all. 

            This magic word, while he believed in it, was Gawaine’s safety blanket. It soon became him entire confidence because he gullibly believed that the only reason he could fight was because of a word. Throughout time, there have been times when we as humans have relied on some something that turn out to be nothing more than a sugar pill. We believe in these fake things because even if our better judgment know that these things are completely ridiculous, it is harder to depend on ourselves and know that it is all up to us and that we are alone.

Proposition: Sometimes it is easier for us as humans to have confidence in other things rather than accepting the fact that we are alone to fight.

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IRJ-QR #10

Crueler than a Tiger: Greed

Unknowing what his future has in store for him, the young man looks pleadingly into the eyes of his lover and asks her which door he should go to. Knowing what lays behind both doors, the princess, after many days of anguish, indicates that her love should go to the right door. When he opened the door, a tiger pounces upon the man and tears him to pieces as punishment for loving a princess. The only reason that the girl could bear to watch her lover be eaten by a cruel, ferocious beast was because that was the only way that she could be content. Greed, a natural part of human nature, is the one thing that everyone tries to mask and deny. Yet, when faced with the choice of her love dying or her love being married to another woman, the princess lets her greed come forth and rather than seeing him with another woman, ends his life.

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The Burden of Curiousity:A quote from Curious Incident

After taking his A level maths exam, Christopher tells the reader of his anxiety and his anxiousness to find out about his results. He talks about the differences when you know if the result will turn about to be good or bad but then says that “[he] thinks it is worst if you don’t know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing which is going to happen.” He begins to explore natural curioustiy and how we as humans build things up in our head, be they bad or good, when we do not know the result. This idea is where the saying “curiousity killed the cat” comes from.

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