Symbols of the Christian Faith

Symbols of the Christian Faith

by Alva William Steffler
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Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

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Symbols of the Christian Faith

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802846761
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

I.Symbols Associated with the Apostles' Creed1
God the Father3
Jesus Christ8
The Incarnation18
Mary, Mother of Christ22
The Cross26
The Resurrection32
Christ Triumphant38
The Holy Spirit40
The Holy Catholic Church44
The Communion of Saints51
The Forgiveness of Sins56
The Resurrection of the Body57
The Life Everlasting58
II.Sacred Monograms and Shapes63
III.Symbols of the Evangelists, the Apostles, and the Saints85
Symbols of the Four Evangelists87
Symbols of the Twelve Apostles89
Significant Symbols of the Saints97
IV.Glossary of Additional Symbols103
V.Glossary of Colors and Numbers131
VI.The Church Calendar137
Selected Bibliography141
Index of Subjects145
Index of Scripture References153

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