Sunday, March 17, 2013

Photographing Biblical Prohibitions in the Holy Land
-- continued

"Thou shall not plow with
an ox and an ass together."
לא תַחֲרֹשׁ בְּשׁוֹר וּבַחֲמֹר יַחְדָּו
Deuteronomy 20 (circa 1890)
-- from an earlier posting
We noted previously that the American Colony photographers took many pictures of plowing practices of the Arab community in Palestine.  The photographers were good Christians, and their pictures were probably meant to show Biblical prohibitions such as animal threshing wheat while muzzled or mismatched animals under a yoke pulling a plow. 

View the earlier feature here.

Recently, we discovered in the medical archives of the Dundee University in Scotland the picture below with the same subjects -- an ox and a donkey pulling a plow.  The picture was taken by the head of the Scots Mission Hospital in Tiberias, Herbert Torrance, who was both a doctor and a Christian missionary who undoubtedly also knew his Bible well.
"Plowing with an ox and an ass" (April, 1929, Torrance Collection, University of Dundee)


  1. And we have been subjected to coalition governments of that sort ever since.

  2. Was the command to not pair them together because the oxen would have been over yoked? I know G-d has a good reason for commanding it.