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The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek
This is the largest work of the Ringling’s Rubens Eucharist collection. Its subject is taken from Genesis 14:17-24, when Abraham meets with Melchizedek, the priest-king of Salem (later known as Jerusalem), after defeating Kedorlaomer. Rubens intentionally depicted Melchizedek handing bread and wine to Abraham from a higher position as a prefiguring of the Christian Eucharist.

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