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Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols

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Imagine the dangerous life of a First Century Christian. You've embraced your newfound faith in Christ but fear the risk of persecution or death at the hands of the pagans living around you. Then a trusted friend tells you about some of Jesus' followers who secretly meet. He whispers into your ear, Look for a fish carved into the entranceway to the burialchambers beside ...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 20, 2013 Zachary rated it really liked it
Shelves: mediocre
This book is a great tool for Catechists. I used this book to supplement catechetical instruction for 5th graders, 6th graders, and an age diverse RCIC class. Children love learning the meanings of symbols, and are especially excited if some of the symbols are in their own church (symbol-hunting was a fun game; they were actually having fun in Church). The articles on the symbols are not very scholarly, but the book is not meant to be; as a popularizing book, it serves its purpose well.

One of th
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Jan 29, 2015 Katelis Viglas rated it really liked it
An excellent symbological study by Mike Aquilina. But, he should take into consideration: first, more early Christian symbols, second, to combine in a more successful way the ancient sources with the modern studies he used as bibliography, third, to have more references from these latter, and not only to put them at the end in a catalogue as bibliography.
Of course Aquilina gave life to the ancient Christian symbols, with his faith and knowledge, but this book can't be considered as an innovativ
Jun 04, 2009 Renee rated it really liked it
I should have known that a book written by Mr. Aquilina would be scholarly and not light summer reading. Twenty-five Christian symbols are explained citing ancient sources and are accompanied by reproduced illustrations of the ancient originals. This book is best read a chapter at a time to digest the information instead of trying to read it in one sitting. I foresee coming back to this book in the future when my high school children are studying early Church history; it will be a great ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Lee marked it as to-read
Not a review yet. This is about the physical book: I've only just begun to read this but wanted to say that I'll have to read the ebook. The text of the printed book was too light for my poor old eyes to read. Light colored text in an unusual font on a non-white background: it's pretty. Pretty hard to read, that is! The ebook keeps the unusual font (which is thin, skinny) is still a bit of a strain on my eyes with no option to change it to something more readable. But I can make it larger so ...more
May 01, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it
A simple but informative overview of the symbols, and their multiple meanings, of the early church. Aquilina is a Catholic but this has little impact on the story he tells given the time period and figures involved; but it does flavor the perspective a bit. A very useful introduction with some nice illustrations that really help you get a feel for the symbols as they were used.
Sep 17, 2012 Thadeus rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity, 2012, own
This was a very good book with good explanations of different symbols and signs. It ended with the signs of the labarum (Chi Rho) and the Alpha and Omega which were probably my favorite.

All the descriptions were insightful and give references to ancient sources. I see it as being a very useful reference text.

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