Zelophehad’s Daughters


Zelophehad’s Daughters, ink drawing, Charles Foster, Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us, 1897.

This 1897 drawing of Zelophehad’s daughters by Charles Foster was in a book called Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us. The church had long used the visual arts to teach the illiterate and to encourage spiritual devotion. As the expense of printing came down publishers used bible picture books as an affordable tool to convey biblical stories and religious instruction. Some could be quite expensive like Doré’s La Grande Bible de Tours but others like Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us were affordable for individuals to own. In this print Zelophehad’s daughters petition Moses to intercede with God on their behalf.