Bible Review 18:6, December 2002

Lions, Lilies and Mousetraps

Hidden symbolism of an annunciation

By A. Dean McKenzie

Since the beginning of Christianity, symbols and metaphors have been broadly used and understood by believers. Throughout the Middle Ages, everyday objects were interpreted in religious terms. A cluster of grapes could stand for the Eucharistic wine and the blood of Jesus; the cross or almost anything cruciform could symbolize the Crucifixion of Christ and the promise of salvation; palm branches symbolized martyrdom; a dove, the Holy Spirit.

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