Barry Woods Johnston

Jacob and the Angel - Bronze sculpture by Barry Johnston

Jacob and the Angel

1998 Bronze 36 x 16 x 8 Edition 20

Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, steals his brother Esau's birthright with the aid of their mother Rebecca and then flees to the land of Mesopotamia where he labors for fourteen years to gain the hand of his love, Rachael.

Jacob decides to return to his father's house. The night before arriving, he confronts an angel and the two wrestle throughout the night.  Jacob is injured at the hip. In the end, the angel names him Israel. The next day, Jacob humbles himself before his brother and the two reunite in a celebration. The sculpture is really about wrestling with our own conscience.

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