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THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH: THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM: For I the Lord Thy God am a Jealous God, Visiting the Iniquity of the Fathers upon the Children unto the Third and Fourth Generation of Them that Hate me.
The beginning of the Second Commandment says, in more traditional texts of the Bible, "Thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth .
The irony here, notes Mitchell, is that the zealots of Zion have made the land itself an idol -- not a graven image, but a substitute nonetheless.
In all three instances, the forbidden graven image is imagined as being itself immaterial.
This may seem an unexpected assertion considering the ostensible prohibition against graven images according to the Second Commandment: "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath.
Alexandra Ansanelli's Bride has the pathos of a child innocent and the unearthly stillness of a graven image.
There, among the exquisite renderings of Indian scenes--wolves, soaring eagles, Indians on horseback--is the graven image of Roy Palmer and Ron Brown.
When we focus on the positive statement such as Worship the Lord your God, (Chapter 21) and not on the negative statement of Thou shalt not bow down to any graven image, we create a mindset of Yes, I can do this, rather than No, I cannot.
Gill's first apprentice, Joseph Cribb, carved the inscription on Epstein's tomb for Oscar Wilde, and both Gill and Epstein contributed wholeheartedly to Mme Strindberg's nightclub, the Cave of the Golden Calf; Gill's forceful graven image The Golden Calf, originally intended to incite the club's late-night revellers, has been lent, together with several other key exhibits, from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.
This shoulder-flexing season opener, dedicated to conductor emeritus Vernon Handley who died last week, offered something old (Beethoven), something new (Kenneth Hesketh's Graven Image, premiered at the Proms) and something --in Prokofiev's fifth - to show the Phil's current strength is anything but borrowed.
Kenneth Hesketh's Graven Image received its premiere at the BBC Proms in London in early August.