COVER ART INTERPRETATION
The Rescue of Baby
Artist: Amram Ebgi
Printmaker Amram Ebgi is known
for symbolically rich creations based
in his Jewish heritage. The cover art for
this issue is a wonderful example. The
wealth surrounding the Nile is in full
array: beautifully constructed buildings, lush growth along the
river, an active fleet in the background, a sky teeming with fowl
ready to provide meat to a population that included Hebrew
slaves. Into this abundance floats a baby, the son of a Hebrew
woman. He is received and welcomed by Pharaoh’s daughter.
The Bible tells us that she claimed him as her own son —
naming him Moses, meaning “I pulled him out of the water”
— and raised him in Pharaoh’s house. Ironically, he was the
child of one of the many people held in captivity by the Pharaoh
in whose house he was reared. He will later stand before a new
Pharaoh and demand that the Israelites — Moses’ ancestors —
be released from their captivity.
Who does this man think he is? Pharaoh must have wondered. Ebgi answers this question by placing a foil stamp in
the center of his work. Egypt’s primary god was Ra, often represented by a disc. Embossed on Ebgi’s disc is Moses’ Hebrew
name. Was Moses the god Ra? No, he was a servant of the one
true God, the God who told him, “I’ve made you like God to
Pharaoh” (Exod. 7:1, ceb). What better way to show the superiority and sovereignty of Moses’ God than to emblazon his name
on the Ra’s disc? In this subtle and intriguing work, Amram
Ebgi, a descendant of the very people Moses was about to lead
from Egypt, beautifully proclaims the authority of our God.
Cover photo courtesy of Rachel Ebgi. © 1985 Amram Ebgi. Prints of cover
art are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.