Symbols of the Christian Faith

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Feb 21, 2002 - Art - 166 pages
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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.

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Symbols of the Four Evangelists
Glossary of Additional Symbols
Glossary of Colors and Numbers

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About the author (2002)

Steffler is professor of art at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

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