The Art of the Question  

"Holding a Promise"

A downcast young Noah stands ready to launch a tiny skiff. A tattered rainbow provides its rigging.

Has the promise of heavenly protection been restored? Or has the boy cobbled together his own means of escape, crafting a refugee boat that will set sail under his direction and power? He carries no cargo besides himself and a bundle of sticks. Is this kindling intended for a thanksgiving sacrifice to God once the flood has been safely navigated? Or has this little Noah become Isaac, carrying wood for another burnt offering orchestrated under false pretenses? Exactly what promise does he portend? And what is its price?

—Danna Nolan Fewell and Gary A Phillips, Icon of Loss: The Haunting Child of Samuel Bak

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