Eliab Chastises Young David

Constantinople, 628-630
Metropolitan Museum of Art

"While the theme of the set of plates is clear, the subject of each individual plate is sometimes difficult to determine. The scene here has been identified as showing David’s eldest brother, Eliab, accusing David of neglecting his duty as a shepherd to watch the battle with Goliath (1 Samuel 17:28–30). It may also portray Goliath’s challenge to David (1 Samuel 17:41–45) or David’s meeting with the Egyptian soldier (1 Samuel 30:11–15)." — from the museum's commentary on this plate

This plate is part of a set displayed in the Byzantine Art gallery at the museum.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.