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Symbols of the Church Paperback – July 1, 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Revised 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. B. on January 25, 2000
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Fegely on October 27, 2005
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2002
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By He is still God. on April 5, 2002
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Velez on May 12, 2005
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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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According to the information about the book, "This resource, with over 200 full-color photographs and illustrations depicts a variety of symbols..." This information is incorrect. The book has a single full color photograph on the front cover. The rest of the illustrations are microscopic depictions and the scale does not allow any detail to show. It is a very poor resource for anyone interested in these symbols.

The information also states, "The book shares the origin and meaning of hundreds of symbols of the Christian faith, as well as fascinating stories behind many symbols." The stories are at most three sentences long, give very little detail and are scant for the most part. I have returned this book, and will continue searching for a better resource.

I would like to note that I was looking for something that I could use as a jumping off point to design ecclesiastical garments and furnishings, and this book is not even at the level of jumping off the side of a pool. I didn't expect a high dive at the price point, but a diving board at all would have been nice.
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