Ars Judaica

The Rainbow: Envisioning Divine Communication in Jewish, Byzantine, and Islamic Art

Ars Judaica (2018), 14, (1), 7–26.

Abstract

A biblical sign of the divine covenant (Gen. 9:12), the rainbow has conveyed symbolic meaning in the art of the Abrahamic religions for ages. The rainbow image as well as arched patterns and domelike structures alluding to a rainbow suggest the Heavens as God’s abode and as a channel for divine communication. The present article surveys the textual sources and artistic interpretations of this symbolism.

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Laderman, Shulamit