Isaiah’s Vision of Eternal Peace
Mordecai Ardon, Isaiah’s Vision of Eternal Peace, 1982-1984
Stained-glass windows at the National Library of Israel, the Hebrew University, Givat Ram, Jerusalem © Ardon Estate; photo by Hanan Cohen, the National Library of Israel

This triptych of stained glass covers an entire wall in the former National Library building at Givat Ram. The center panel, dominated by red, the color of war and bloodshed, depicts texts written on parchment, surrounded by floating kabbalistic symbols. Below the texts and symbols are the walls of Jerusalem, made from the Dead Sea Scrolls of Isaiah. The two flanking panels herald a future of redemption. On the left, the white paths allude to all the nations and languages of the world coming to Jerusalem. The bands contain the text “And many people shall go and say, come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:3). On the right, weapons are turning into tools of farming in fulfillment of the text in the middle panel: “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares” (Isaiah 2:4).