Timna

59”x50” oil on canvas/wood 2001

Timna was both the daughter and the concubine of Eliphaz, son of Esau, as well as the mother of Amalek.

Timna wished to be connected to the greatness of Abraham. She approached the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and asked to be converted but was refused. In desperation, she became the concubine of Eliphaz saying: ”I would rather be a servant to one of this people than a noblewoman of another nation”.

Whatever the reasons the Patriarchs had for refusing to accept Timna into their faith, it is generally agreed that they made a crucial error in judgment. Timna’s bastard son, Amalek, became the archenemy of the people of Israel. Many of the terrible evils perpetrated against the Jews throughout history were committed by descendents of Amalek – including Haman in the Book of Esther , and some also say Hitler.

The lunette traces this descent to the ovens of Auschwitz.

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