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Symbols of the Church 6th Revised ed. Edition

3.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0687183012
ISBN-10: 0687183014
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This book describes the origin and meaning of hundreds of symbols of the Christian faith. Within its pages lie fascinating stories behind the symbols you see every time you go to church. Symbols from both the Old and New Testaments along with those representing apostles and saints are discussed.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; 6th Revised ed. edition (July 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687183014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687183012
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful little guide. It gives you many symbols and a brief explanation of their meaning. It's broken into sections for easier reference, i.e. symbols of the apostles, symbols of saints, crosses, etc. It also includes liturgical colors and seasons of the church year. I only wish it had more symbols defined! A very handy, quick reference, and a good place to start to find out what basic symbols really mean.
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This booklet (it is just under fifty pages) packs enough information regarding Western Christian symbols for those doing embroidery or hand-drawn signs and banners. It is a good, quick survey of many symbols and their very general meanings. For the researcher, it is a good place to start exploring iconography, and a useful directory for reading Christian art.

Church publications and even embroidery shops with digital equipment look forward to the CD carrying the clipart and commentaries.
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As a person interested in chuch banner-making, I was rather disappointed. While there is a lot in this little book, the pictures were too tiny (about an inch high) to be very useful.
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Wow ! What a collection of sysbols.AND with explanations. For anyone who sews or makes church banners, this is a must have book. Glad I bought it.
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I bought this book wanting to learn more about symbolism and I found this book to be quite useful, good pictures, but nearly as informative as I wanted. Still a good reference book, but don't rely too heavily on it, if you want in depth explanations or stories behind the icons.
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This review is of the 1987 revised edition with drawings by William Duncan. If this publication was rated only for coverage it would receive high praise. It is fairly comprehensive for a pamphlet of only 46 pages. However, this work is heavily slanted toward a Protestant perspective despite carrying the symbols of the Roman Catholic saints. Whittemore wrote that the shell is the sign of Christ's baptism though many churches use it to symbolize the Sacrament of Holy Baptism given to Christians. She neglected the brazen snake on the cross that is used in historic churches to represent Christ as Christ Himself stated in John chapter 3. Additionally, she neglected to mention that the swan is a symbol of Martin Luther as depicted on German art and coins of the 17th and 18th centuries. Wittemore omitted the gridiron of St. Lawrence of Rome and St. Peter's upside down Latin cross. She describes the Mogen David as the "star" of David though "mogen" in Hebrew means "shield." Abingdon Press did a poor job of editing. The illustration for the Lorraine cross was printed upside down. The pamphlet would be improved if all the arma Christi, the instruments of Christ's passion, were all gathered under a separate heading. Additionally, the Apostles' symbols should be listed separately from those of Holy Evangelists (Gospel writers). Sts. Matthew and John have separate symbols for their two offices,
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