Jacob Leaves Mesopotamia

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

In the upper register, God (in the upper right corner) tells Jacob to leave his uncle Laban and return home to his father Isaac. See Genesis 31:1-3. In the lower register, Jacob tells his wives Rachel and Leah that he will be leaving. See Genesis 31:4-18.

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.