Symbols of the Christian Faith

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Symbols of the Christian Faith

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 176 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780802846761
  • DDC分類 246.55

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Symbols of the Christian Faith is an illustrated guide to the major visual symbols used by the Christian church throughout history. These stylized illustrations, designed by artist Alva William Steffler, are intended to provide usable, up-to-date resources for contemporary church worship and Christian education.Throughout church history symbols have been used to aid worship and to communicate difficult spiritual ideas. Steffler here collects these symbols, from early Christian catacomb art to the present, offering fresh graphic interpretations of old visual forms. The accompanying text notes the biblical sources for the various symbols and traces their use in church tradition and their links to Greco-Roman culture. Extensive glossaries and indexes round out the book. Broadly inclusive and sensitive to the perspectives of every church tradition, this volume will be an invaluable resource for churches using Christian art as well as for general readers curious about the meaning of common Christian symbols.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       ix
Symbols Associated with the Apostles' Creed 1 (62)
God the Father 3 (5)
Jesus Christ 8 (10)
The Incarnation 18 (4)
Mary, Mother of Christ 22 (4)
The Cross 26 (6)
The Resurrection 32 (6)
Christ Triumphant 38 (2)
The Holy Spirit 40 (4)
The Holy Catholic Church 44 (7)
The Communion of Saints 51 (5)
The Forgiveness of Sins 56 (1)
The Resurrection of the Body 57 (1)
The Life Everlasting 58 (5)
Sacred Monograms and Shapes 63 (22)
Monograms 65 (9)
Shapes 74 (11)
Symbols of the Evangelists, the Apostles, and 85 (18)
the Saints
Symbols of the Four Evangelists 87 (2)
Symbols of the Twelve Apostles 89 (8)
Significant Symbols of the Saints 97 (6)
Glossary of Additional Symbols 103(28)
Glossary of Colors and Numbers 131(6)
The Church Calendar 137(4)
Selected Bibliography 141(4)
Index of Subjects 145(8)
Index of Scripture References 153