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Mountain Psalm (Bible)

Mountain Psalm (Bible)

-Find the Bible on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? The psalmists used imagery found in the books of Genesis and Exodus to provide hope for their audience. In the books of Genesis and Exodus mountains were symbols that God was sovereign and that God had not forgotten his people. The psalmists used mountains to symbolize the sovereignty of their God. Examples of this include: 1. On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the Lord loves the gates of Zion
 more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Psalm 87:1 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, […]

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Harry Potter, Mythology, and the Bible

Harry Potter, Mythology, and the Bible

-Find Harry Potter on Amazon The Symbolism of Harry Potter, the Bible, and Mythology Myths are either alive or dead. Western culture lost its ability to create myth, especially myth connected to sacred words and sacred space upon the arrival of the Enlightenment.  However, centuries of cultural memories of sacred space and sacred words are alive and thriving in modern Western culture. Images of the sacred can be found throughout modern literature and modern films. J.k. Rowling’s the Harry Potter series has sold millions of copies in multiple languages and The Harry Potter movies have made billions of dollars at box offices worldwide. In the film Harry Potter and the […]

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Genesis as a myth

Genesis as a myth

-Find the Book of Genesis on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? I fell in love with symbols in world religious traditions my sophomore year of college. I was sitting in REL 100- Introduction to Religious Studies when the professor said something that caught my attention and has not let go of it since then. He started talking about myth. My first thoughts were the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson. I soon learned that myth in religious studies had nothing to do with Cinderella. Then my professor said, “The Bible is one of the oldest myths in our world,” for someone […]

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Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

-Learn How to Read Music! What Do Cain and Abel Symbolize in the Old Testament? The narrative of Cain and Abel, found in chapter four of the Book of Genesis, was symbolic of the entrance of violence into society. Cain murdered his brother Abel because Abel’s sacrifice to God was acceptable to God and Cain’s was not. It is important to note that the sacrifices were symbolic of the brothers. Abel was the second-born and gave God the “firstlings of his flock.” Cain was the first-born child and he did not give God the first fruits of his harvest. As the first-born son Cain’s offering should have been acceptable because […]

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Blood as a Symbol (Bible)

Blood as a Symbol (Bible)

By: Angela Smith -Find More Symbolism in Bible on Amazon What Does Blood Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? In the ancient world the belief was the gods were angry. Natural disasters were seen as the anger of the gods. Sacrifices were made to the gods to appease them. The Israelites made sacrifices to their God in order to maintain his favor. Blood became symbolic of the atonement of sin and the protection/favor of God. In the Book of Exodus, the final plague was the Angel of Death. The Hebrew people were instructed by Moses and Aaron; “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year old male…They shall take some […]

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Mrs. Who in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

Mrs. Who in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Meg Murray as a Symbol While there’s an awful lot of symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel, none of it is particularly dense or tough to understand. Indeed, L’Engle uses a lot of symbols in A Wrinkle in Time, but she keeps them universal and easy to grasp. As such, her novel has enjoyed a wide audience and continues to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. At the center of the novel are three “celestial beings,” each tasked with helping the Murray children on their epic journey. In A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Who is […]

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Mrs Which in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

Mrs Which in “A Wrinkle in Time” as a Symbol

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Mrs Which as a Symbol As perhaps the oldest character in A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Which winds up being one of the most important symbols in Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel. True Wisdom Is Tough to Pin Down Much of the symbolism in A Wrinkle in Time helps to illustrate the idea that true enlightenment involves a lot more than the things we’re capable of understanding here on Earth. As one of the most important characters in A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Which helps to drive this idea home by being the toughest one to pin down. Right off the bat […]

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Mrs Whatsit from “A Wrinkle in Time”

Mrs Whatsit from “A Wrinkle in Time”

-Find “A Wrinkle in Time” on Amazon Mrs Whatsit as a Symbol Of the three “witch” characters in A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel, Mrs Whatsit is easily the most forward-facing. In A Wrinkle in Time, Mrs Whatsit is an enlightener, and a deliverer of information. As she and her cohorts whisk the Murray children through the universe on their extraordinary adventure, Mrs Whatsit is typically there to make sure everybody knows what’s going on, while lending a bit of comic relief along the way. Mrs Whatsit, Bringer of Knowledge One of the most important symbols in A Wrinkle in Time is knowledge itself. Many times […]

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Water Symbol in Exodus (Old Testament)

Water Symbol in Exodus (Old Testament)

Find Water in the Bible on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in Exodus? One of the symbols of the sacred in the Book of Exodus was water. Water came into the picture near the beginning of the text. The Pharaoh commanded, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile….” Moses’ mother decided that the only way to protect her son was to place her son in a basket and then place the basket in the Nile River.  The Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket floating down the river, “…She named him Moses, because, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’” In the narrative […]

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Water Symbol (Bible)

Water Symbol (Bible)

Find Water in the Bible on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Bible? Water the first symbol of the sacred that appeared in the Book of Genesis. The creation myth in the first chapter of Genesis, reads, “the earth was formless and void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” Water was present before creation. Then God, created the seas and the land by gathering the water into one place.  The first creatures that were created in this narrative came from the water. In the second creation myth found in the Book of Genesis, the water […]

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