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1. One prime example of love in the bible is that of Ruth and Naomi, depicted here in this 1860 Simon Simeon piece. Naomi led Ruth to Boaz, an Israelite man who took in Ruth and aided in her conversion to Judaism. Who is the baby of Ruth and Boaz, shown here in Naomi's arms (who ended up being King David's grandfather)?
2. Switching from love to hate, here we see Damiano Mascagni's 1602 painting showing a central figure about to be sold into Egyptian slavery by his jealous, hateful brothers. At least eight brothers are shown in the image - who is the unfortunate central figure?
3. The third item on our list is war - Saul fought the Philistines in the book of Samuel, all the while raging against David, one of his greatest soldiers. In this image (a Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld painting), David is about to flee and takes leave of his closest friend for the last time. Who is the person David is embracing here?
4. To discuss a brief moment of peace in the old testament, let's turn to King Solomon. Here in this painting by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino he is shown greeting a visitor who was enticed to his court by talk of the prosperity of his nation. Who is she, who famously traded opulent gifts with the king?
5. Back to love and the exciting King David. King David is the figure descending from the window in this painting by Gustave Doré, with his new wife is aiding in his escape from King Saul. Her love for him started out very passionate - which of his wives is this who helped him make this escape?
6. Another painting of David by Peter van Lint shows a biblical instance of hate by the same wife who loved him enough to save him from Saul. Here, once he has become king, he danced in the streets before the Ark of the Covenant while his wife in the upper right corner "despised him in her heart". She despised not only the vulgar dancing, but what other action that she accused him of?
7. Another Biblical instance of war was Nebuchadnezzar sacking Jerusalem in the book of Jeremiah. This painting by Nicolas Poussin shows the destruction of the temple. Which subsequent book of the Bible portrays the mourning period of the residents of the city?
8. To switch back to peace, you can't get more peaceful than the Garden of Eden itself. This Lucas Cranach the Elder painting shows Adam and Eve near a very important tree - which one?
9. Back to love - this image from a compilation of Bible stories by P. de Hondt shows Abram departing from Haran for Canaan, along with a nephew of his, who he so loved that he bargained with God to spare this nephew's life at a later date. Who is it whose life Abram (later Abraham) would pray for?
10. This Jan Steen painting brings us our last instance of Old Testament hate - the woman in the foreground is Esther and the man standing behind the table her husband Ahasuerus, but who is the reclining man in the foreground chair, whose hatred sets the plot moving in the book of Esther?
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