Lot and His Daughters

64”x58” oil on canvas 1988

When God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he saved Lot and his family because of Lot’s kinship with Abraham. Lot and his two remaining daughters found refuge in a mountain cave, which we see in the lunette of this painting. The daughters, thinking that the whole world had been destroyed and all life with it, believed that it was their responsibility to re-populate the Earth: “come, let us ply our father with wine and lay with him that we may give life to offspring through our father.”

The Midrash tells us that the residents of Sodom produced wine in abundance and hid it in mountainous caves. The painting of the grapes refers to this.

Because their motives were pure, Lot’s daughters had noble descendants. Each daughter gave birth to a son. From one son, Moab, came Ruth, ancestress of David, Solomon and the future Messiah. From the other son, Ben-Ami, came the mother of King Rehoboam, son of Solomon.

The Prophet Joel declared that when the Messiah comes,…” On that day the mountains will drip with wine” The Midrash makes the connection between that passage and the wine that the daughters of Lot drank, saying they were given a foretaste of the Messianic days because the Messiah was destined to descend from them.

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