|Holy Land Prints
by Hugh Campbell III
|Facts on Bedouins|
| Nomadic by
nature, their culture of dress, social standards, and customs remind us
of how the Bible characters of old actually might have looked and
lived. They still roam about with their livestock: sheep, goats,
camels, etc., wherever law allows them. Their floorless tents
still dot the landscape throughout Israel and other Middle East
countries. Their larger population in Israel remains in the Negev
area (southern Israel)
Hospitality has become the hallowed social norm in the desert; to the Bedouin it is a duty, a question of prestige, and a source of pride just as it was in Abraham's day. (Gen. 18:1-8) They accept little change in their lifestyle although you will fine a TV antenna sticking out of a Bedouin tent and maybe a tractor or Mercedes Benz parked nearby.
We can't help but see some resemblance of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in these people as Genesis 13:8 says: "Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord." The fact that their culture has stayed virtually the same for thousand of years give us evidence even more strongly than monuments and stones, that we serve a living God-a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The print shows the mother busy about her chores with the youngsters by her side. Rarely are the men seen around the tent area. Perhaps they would be at some sheep market or doing business elsewhere. The original painting was in oils. This limited edition print has proven to be a striking picture framed with several different gorgeous color combinations.