|Nicolas Poussin, the golden calf|
The best way to make people forget an idolatrous rite is to put another rite in its place.
|Enguerand Quarton, piéta|
The Christians followed the same principle by building their churches on the ruins of pagan temples and by observing their feasts on the dates of pagan festivals.
|Hanri Jacobs, midi / solange, paysage losange|
For the same reason, Moses had to institute many dietary and sacrificial prescriptions in order to occupy the terrain held by the Sabians and their idolatrous ways,
|Henri Jacobs, quartet|
"so that all these rites and cults that they practised for the sake of the idols, they now came to practise in the honor of god."
|Henri Jacobs, two drawings of a symbolon|
The divine strategy was so successful that the Sabians and their once mighty community fell into oblivion. (Jan Assmann, Moses the Egyptian)