Saturday, December 29, 2007

Vulgate Verse: custos fratris mei

I've posted a detailed commentary about a Vulgate verse today over at my blog, where you will find a discussion of some of the extra-Biblical legends about Cain and Abel:

Genesis 4: Num custos fratris mei sum

Meanwhile, for an image, here is Jan van Eyck's rendering of the slaying of Abel for his painting the Ghent Altarpiece, completed in 1432. I may be wrong, but it looks to me like Cain is slaying Abel with a jawbone - perhaps an echo of the jawbone of an ass from the story of Samson? What do you think?