The Priests

James Tissot, The Priests, c. 1896-1902, Gouache on board, Jewish Museum, New York City.

In 1896 James Tissot began his last series watercolor illustrations depicting stories and figures from the Old Testament. He traveled in Palestine as well as doing religious and scholarly research to imagine the costumes and settings for these watercolors. As with several of the biblical picture books of the time, Tissot's illustrations were later used as inspiration for several movies. Tissot’s Ark of the Covenant was used as a model for the set of Stephen Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This image illustrated 1Chr 24 that describes divisions of the Priests.


Also called the Hebrew Bible, those parts of the canon that are common to both Jews and Christians. The designation "Old Testament" places this part of the canon in relation to the New Testament, the part of the Bible canonical only to Christians. Because the term "Old Testament" assumes a distinctly Christian perspective, many scholars prefer to use the more neutral "Hebrew Bible," which derives from the fact that the texts of this part of the canon are written almost entirely in Hebrew.

Another name often used for the area of Israel and Judah, derived from the Latin term for the Roman province of Palaestina; ultimately, the name derives from the name of the Philistine people.

1Chr 24

Divisions of the Priests
24 The divisions of the descendants of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2 But Nadab and Abihu d ... View more

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