Lamech, holding a farming implement, points at a child

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Lamech, holding a farming implement, points at a child; down in the street, various acts of uninhibited licence go on. Engraving. Bible. OT Genesis 528–9 The verse on the left paraphrases Genesis 529; the one on the right mentions the words of an unnamed grandfather to the effect that Cupid drives the population on a rack of propagation. Sheep ascend the hill while a ram below is encouraged by Cupid into sexual activity. The people dance, drink, play music and embrace. These are the doomed antediluvians; they are counterposed to Lamech and Noah's world of virtuous labour. Sex in the Bible. Work – Religious aspects. Original. Sin. Theological anthropology – Christianity. Dance – Religious aspects. Lamech. Noah (Biblical figure). Contributors: Jan Sadeler (1550–1600). Work ID: re2ch6f9.

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