"Star Child" byMarc Salz, 2002, oil on baltic birch,18"-15". From the "Talmudic abstractions" series. This painting is dedicated to
Shimon bar Kochba (trans."son of a star") who lead the third revolt against the
Romans in the province of Judaea (132-136) . He was thought to be a Messiah but
later was discovered as a fake. The Jews who followed him instead of Jesus went
on to constitute the beginnings of the diaspora.