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Rachel Nelson

For the most part, Jewish and Christian art depicted God or were religious in nature, generally scenes from stories from the old testament of the Bible. Not just their physical art, but their music, writing, and poetry as well. Their entire culture was seeped in religion, to the point where almost every aspect of daily life had a religious element. However, I don’t believe Jewish and Christian art really circumvented this commandment at all; many depictions of Saints and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were later worshiped by the Catholic faith. In addition to the art created after biblical times, the Bible speaks of many “graven images’ forged by the Jews. All this to say, I think this law was followed about as well as modern traffic laws. Much of the pagan worship during the Old Testament times looked like praying to a statue, which is most likely why this art form is somewhat excluded.