Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue . . .
“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” EY Harburg
I looked it up and found the word 'blue' is mentioned in the Bible 49 times. But, did they really have a word in Hebrew for blue? I found so many articles about this and read through the pros and cons. This is probably the easiest read here. Even Wikipedia had something about it as well.
My favorite colors are based around blue... or periwinkle. I know there was zero chance of that appearing in any Biblical discussions. (I always though my Mother created the word for me when I first heard it as a child.) I love all shades of periwinkle. As an artist, colors are my world. Colors are my addiction. In this painting above... you have most of my favorites meshed together.
I passed across dozens of articles trying to impress on us that blue has a 'spiritual' meaning but in reality, all the colors in the Bible are able to be confirmed by the comparison to something... like red was to blood. Quoting from the site I linked above...
"There is really only one way to know exactly what a color term represents and that is to have a sample of that color. Well we know blood is red so in II Kings 3:22 we have the phrase red like blood and thus we can make a fair assumption that adorn means red. Trees and plant life have always been green so we can assume that the word yarok is green. In ancient languages words tend to follow patterns so that the more basic colors enters the language before the more complex colors like auburn, maroon and purple. So we have the primary colors that we can be pretty certain of in Hebrew like red, green and yellow. Well, there is really no textual evidence that tsahov is yellow but it seems to have always meant yellow. But then gold is yellow so zahav might be used for yellow."
Seems like things were less complicated in those days. Simple and not so many people weighing in on things. As I paint tomorrow, I may look at colors differently.
Jewish Encyclopedia..."Sapphire" and yet we still have in most of our translations the word blue.
"And saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky." Exodus 24:10