With Her Father's Sheep by Elspeth Young

With Her Father's Sheep

{ Rachel }
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With Her Father's Sheep - 12" x 16"$140.00With Her Father's Sheep - 14" x 18"$175.00With Her Father's Sheep - 18" x 24"$280.00
With Her Father's Sheep - 12" x 18"$154.00With Her Father's Sheep - 16" x 20"$215.00
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With Her Father's Sheep - 16" x 24.25"$190.00With Her Father's Sheep - 20" x 28"$261.00With Her Father's Sheep - 24" x 30"$328.00With Her Father's Sheep - 26" x 39.25"$453.00
With Her Father's Sheep - 20" x 24"$228.00With Her Father's Sheep - 20" x 30"$278.00With Her Father's Sheep - 24" x 36"$388.00With Her Father's Sheep - 28" x 42.25"$521.00
With Her Father's Sheep - 18" x 27.25"$232.00With Her Father's Sheep - 20" x 30.25"$280.00With Her Father's Sheep - 24" x 36.25"$390.00
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With Her Father's Sheep - 12" x 18"$55.00With Her Father's Sheep - 18" x 24"$93.00With Her Father's Sheep - 20" x 30"$122.00With Her Father's Sheep - 24" x 36"$168.00
With Her Father's Sheep - 16" x 20"$73.00With Her Father's Sheep - 20" x 24"$100.00With Her Father's Sheep - 24" x 30"$143.00
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With Her Father's Sheep - Original oil painting$10,352.00 Sold
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[And they said to Jacob] behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep…And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep: for she kept them...

Genesis 29:6, 9

The story behind With Her Father's Sheep

The Old Testament prophet, Jacob, heeded his father's charge that he "Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban..." (Genesis 28:1-2).  His journey from his father's home in Beer-sheba to his mother's family in Haran took him across approximately 1400 miles (see Barnes 61), during which he received a promise from the Lord that, like Abraham and Isaac, his "seed shall be as the dust of the earth...and in thee and in thy seed shall the families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 28:14).

Upon reaching his destination Jacob finds shepherds waiting with their flocks for the approach of Jacob's cousin, Rachel, with her father's sheep (see Genesis 29:1-3, 7-8).  It is this moment in the life of Rachel that the painting depicts—the viewer sees Rachel, as Jacob might have first seen her, leading her father's flocks to the well for water.

Symbolism in With Her Father's Sheep

A famous painting from the Egyptian tomb of Beni Hasan (believed to be from the 19th century BC) depicts a caravan of Semitic people journeying to Egypt (see Educational Heritage 114, 130).  Rachel's appearance in this painting is loosely based on the style and color of the dresses worn by the women in the tomb painting.  In addition, Rachel is shown here wearing a lovely shawl, woven from the wool provided by her father's sheep.

Aside from the visual interest they provide and their significance in the Biblical account of Jacob's family (see Genesis 29-30), the sheep in this painting contribute to the theme of the artwork itself:  This image is intended to remind viewers of the need for each of us to seek after the Father's "sheep" and care for those within our personal sphere of influence.

The scriptures make it clear that not only are we expected to follow the Good Shepherd, we are also to act as shepherds, ourselves, by caring for our fellowmen.  After His Resurrection, the Savior carefully instructed Peter to "feed [His] sheep" (John 21:16-17), and this admonition is still in force today (see D&C 112:14).  So each of us, like Rachel, are "keepers" of our Father's sheep, instructed to "mourn with those that mourn; yea and comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18:9), leading others to "the fountain of all righteousness" (Ether 12:28) who offers each of us "living water" (John 4:10).

Therefore, the sheep depicted here are not merely included to tell Rachel's story, but as a reminder that feeding the "sheep" in our midst, by leading them to the words of Christ, demonstrates our love for Him.
© By Elspeth Young, All Rights Reserved. You may not print, copy, or reproduce this artwork or make derivative works from it without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. For permissions, please review our FAQ page.

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