Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Hinge: Lion of Judah

The bottom-right cornerstone of "The Hinge" is a lion.  There are many references to lions in the Bible, but it is included in this painting specifically because it is an ancient symbol associated with the Israelite tribe of Judah & one of the names of Christ (This symbol is one of my creations...influenced by medieval depictions of lions in heraldry).  

In Genesis 49:9 you can see the earliest reference of a lion in association with the tribe of Judah.

In Matthew 1:3-16 you can see the genealogy of Christ and his association with the tribe of Judah.

In Hebrews 7:14, the author clarifies this connection.

In Revelation 5:5 the name "Lion of Judah" is used in reference to Christ.

Jerusalem's Coat of Arms

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