The holy forefather Jared was the son of Mahalalel, father of Enoch and and a fifth-generation descendant of Adam. Jared is the father of humankind and one of the ten Antidiluvian Patriarchs.

According to Genesis, the forefather Jared is mentioned in the description of Noah’s genealogy. Jared's age is given as 962 years old when he died. (Genesis 5: 15–20).

In Russian medieval art the forefather Jared was portrayed among the Old Testament forefathers and fathers. Such depictions had been originally encountered in temple mural paintings, such as those at the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in the St. Therapont Monastery (Dionysius, 1502–1503). Since the 16th century the icons depicting the Old Testament forefathers with scrolls in hands have been placed in a separate forefather row of the iconostasis, as for example, on a 1600 icon of St. Forefather Jared from the iconostasis at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.
The saint forefather Jared is commemorated on the Sunday of the on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and Fathers.

Zhanna G. Belik,

Ph.D. in Art history, senior research fellow at the Andrei Rublyov Museum, custodian of the tempera painting collection.

Olga E. Savchenko,

research fellow at the Andrei Rublyov Museum.


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