Sunday, June 24, 2018

On doves

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: The Enduring Symbolism of Doves. From ancient icon to Biblical mainstay (Dorothy Willette).
Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. A particular favorite in art and iconography, the dove often represents some aspect of the divine, and its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures and millennia to suit changing belief systems. From the ancient world to modern times, this simple bird developed layer upon layer of meaning and interpretive significance, making it a complex and powerful addition to religious texts and visual representations.

There are many doves in the Bible. And they show up often in other ancient literature.

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