Saturday, June 3, 2023

Lion and lamb


Going through a religious, or anti-religious, or usurping-religious phase, when I settled down with some powerful, new, creative AI photography tools, I naturally drifted off into religious imagery. I found myself working my library, specifically the entrance area of the Children's Room, into a kind of post apocalyptic biblical scene.

And at the center I set the proverbial lion laying down with the lamb:

Immensely proud of this rich iconography I decided to go check out what the original verse was all about.

There isn't one!

In Isaiah 11, where this all comes from, the lion does not lay down with the lamb!


Probably what it should be is this:

Yep. It's a wolf and a lamb that feature at the start of Isaiah 11-6. But to be honest, they really just live with each other:

"The wolf will live with the lamb" 

For actual lying down we need this from the next line:

"The leopard will lie down with the goat"

The uninitiated among you, and the non biblical scholars, might think I am making things up, but no, I'm pretty straight up when it comes to biblical reporting, feeling there is always plenty there to either:

A. Make its own points against itself.


B. Make all the points I want to make as is.

Anyway, the lion does come into it soon as part of a team of four, but we'll leave that one for another day.


  1. Feldenstein here:

    Not to be spoilery, but later in Isaiah we have:

    "There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate."

    Which is why you will find two vultures here.


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