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 Ember Weeks.Emblems of the Jewish Temple. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Emblem
 
is a picture with a hidden meaning; the meaning is “cast into” or “inserted in” the visible device. Thus, a balance is an emblem of justice, white of purity, a sceptre of sovereignty. (Greek, en-ballo, which gives the Greek emblma.) (See APOSTLES, PATRON SAINTS.)   1
   Some of the most common and simple emblems of the Christian Church are—   2
   A chalice. The eucharist.   3
   The circle inscribed in an equilateral triangle. To denote the co-equality and co-eternity of the Trinity.   4
   A cross. The Christian’s life and conflict; the death of Christ for man’s redemption.   5
   A crown. The reward of the perseverance of the saints.   6
   A dove. The Holy Ghost.   7
   A hand from the clouds. To denote God the Father.   8
   A lamb, fish, pelican, etc., etc. The Lord Jesus Christ.   9
   A phœnix. The resurrection.   10
 


 Ember Weeks.Emblems of the Jewish Temple. 

 
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