Work Is Already the Promised Land
The blessing of Moses is a blessing to the mind and hands of work, which are two instances of the same intelligence and the same soul, the one at the service of the other. The real work is only one: hands at the service of intelligence and intelligence at the service of the hands. The body that becomes our works; the mind, the soul and the hands that give, together with those of others, shape the world. The artists are the great masters and witnesses of this incessant and essential dialogue of the mind, the soul, the hands, the hands that become the soul, the soul that turns into hands, the hands that become works. By praising and blessing the work of the hands, too, the Bible represents innovation with respect to the whole ancient culture that considered the work of the hands as impure activities, and therefore worthy only of slaves and servants. The value of this chapter of Exodus is still great, as it places the work of the hands at the centre of the new covenant, the subject of a specific blessing of Moses. Just as the tabernacle, the ark and the sanctuary.