Down From the Mountain

Moses Statue / Barbara JohnstonJoseph Turkalj's statue of Moses (colloquially known as "First Down Moses" for his heaven-pointing hand) stands sentinel at the Hesburgh Library on the campus of Notre Dame. Turkalj sculpted Moses with horns in the Renaissance style, which referenced St. Jerome's Biblical translation of the Hebrew word karan to describe Moses coming down from the mountain "horned" from the conversation of the Lord. Karan, from the Hebrew root keren, can also mean "glowing," "radiant," or "glorified," but the artistic convention of portraying Moses with horns remains. Photo by Barbara Johnston / Copyright University of Notre Dame.

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