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The Bible has many descriptions of angels, and in some cases they obviously appear as men, because they are mistaken for men. The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to ...


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While I don't know of any other attempts to sample the Bible, I don't see any reason another method couldn't be tried. However, I would be reluctant to endorse another method that focuses on individual verses because context matters a great deal when it comes to exegesis (i.e. interpretation). Take for instance: For when they rise from the dead, they ...


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Haloes are not limited to Christian art but have been used in depictions of key figures from lots of religions and cultures, including Ancient Greece, Buddhism, Islam and others. They don't have a Biblical basis and aren't intended to suggest there was a visible halo around the actual people depicted. The Wikipedia article on the subject is quite ...


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 A drawing depicting the beauty of a person is not inherently wrong, and in the end it's the eye of the beholder that is at fault, yet how much is the artist responsible? Is it only the intent, only the result? both? It certainly is not the result. Even a Satanic Bible is just ink. Jesus answered the same kind of question: “Don’t you see that whatever ...


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It is very likely what you were seeing was a picture of a relic. From Wikipedia: "A relic usually consists of the physical remains of a saint or the personal effects of the saint or venerated person preserved for purposes of veneration as a tangible memorial." If you think seeing a picture of a limb is odd, then you would be really taken back by ...


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Spikenard has nothing in particular to do with Joseph. What is going on, is the following. There is an apocryphal tradition to do with how Joseph and Mary were married. Variants of the story can be found in the Protoevangelium of James, Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Armenian Infancy Gospel, Book of the Nativity of Mary, and History of Joseph the Carpenter; and ...


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Wikipedia says: However, the cross symbol was already associated with Christians in the 2nd century, as is indicated in the anti-Christian arguments cited in the Octavius[6] of Minucius Felix,


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Love is the Greatest Commandment While none of the Biblical authors mention art specifically, they do offer some guidance in regards to the use of our freedom. 1 Corinthians 8:13 (NASB) Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble. Paul's statement (probably) employs ...


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Good Question. There is a history to those Sibyl. First of all, the word Sibyl means Prophetess, and this word was originated from Greek. Erythrean Sibyl appears as the one who has prophesied the Redemption in arts. Persian Sibyl seems to be the priestess who occupied over Apollo Oracle. Libyan Sibyl was priestess who was the presiding over ...


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I don't really think this question is on-topic for this site, since it's not about Christianity. It's probably not really on topic on any SE site, since it's just a discussion topic, and the only authoritative source for an answer died 49 years 11 months ago today. Having said that, I think the best answer I can provide to your question: When he said ...


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According to Wikipedia, the halo was initially used for Jesus as a symbol of His Glory. Applied to the saints, it could be the outpouring of God's Glory, often talked about in the Bible, where the living water would flow from you, or His Light shine from you. If the position of the halo is usually from the Head of the body then I would make the assumption ...


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Scripture doesn't address this directly. The closest relevant verses I can think of are: Psalm 101:3 (KJV) I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. This would be an example of a (good) decision to not regard (or even look at) certain things. Things that would be depictions of ...



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