Abram and Lot Part Ways

5th century, with medieval and modern restorations
Nave, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Their flocks having grown so numerous, Abram and Lot realize they will have to part ways so that each will have enough land for grazing and there will no longer be strife between their herdsmen (who are pictured below). The episode is recounted in Genesis 13:1-11.

This is part of the extensive series of Old Testament scenes portrayed in mosaics along the two walls of the nave. Follow this link for links to the others.

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.