NIFLA'ATA

This illustrated model tells the biblical story of David and Jonathan from two perspectives:

The religious traditional interpretation is shown through various scenes presented in the model in front of you. These scenes sample chronological milestones of the David-Jonathan story. According to this traditional perspective, David and Jonathan were very close friends.

However when you scan the model with the Augmented Reality app, virtual 3D scenes appear upon the model that provide a different interpretation of the very same text whereby David and Jonathan were actually lovers, constituting the only homosexual love story that appears in the bible.

This was also my final project concluding the four years of my B.Design studies in Shenkar College.

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When scanned, the Augmented Reality adds a virtual layer with animation and depth to the classical illustrations of the model. The decision to convey the modern interpretation through modern technology and the traditional interpretation through classic illustration echoes the same idea. The modern interpretation adds depth and complexity to the very same text, characters and story. They depend upon and affect each other – it is up to us to choose the method of observation.

In times in which Israel still doesn't fully support LGBTQ rights, this interpretation which traditional commentators did not address – sheds new light on the biblical roots of LGBTQ of Israel. The tension between the physical and virtual stories brings to the surface the tension between the biblical text and interpretation, between "truth" and perspective. Are we open-minded and open-hearted enough to accept "Your love for me was more wonderful than that of women"(Samuel 2, 2:26) at face value?

First Scene - The first meeting

1 Samuel, Chapter 18, verses 1-2

"Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself."

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Second Scene - The Covenant

1 Samuel, Chapter 18, verses 3-11

"And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself."

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Third Scene - Saul's anger

1 Samuel, Chapter  20, verses 1-24

"Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! As long as the son of Jesse (David) lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established."

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Fourth Scene - Departuring in woods

1 Samuel, Chapter 20, verses 37-42

"David fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded*…..."

* The original Hebrew text says that they kissed each other and wept together until David became large. The word which means "became large" in this passage is "gadal" in the original Hebrew. The same word is used elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures to refer to King Solomon being greater than all other kings.Some theologians interpret "gadal" in this verse as indicating that David had an erection.

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Fifth Scene - David's Lament

2 Samuel, Chapter 1, verses 17-27

"David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan…I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women."

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Sixth Scene - Mephibosheth's father

2 Samuel, Chapter 9, verses 6-7

"Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David…“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan."

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