Stained Glass Christian "Jesus Fish Symbol" Suncatchers!
Christian "Jesus Fish" Suncatcher
6" x 3"
$20 ... Comes ready to hang
Available in amber/gold, blue, or mauve/purple
All designs are uniquely handmade so there may be a little variation from the photo.
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The modern looking Christian fish symbol is usually two simple curved lines, but as a symbol, dates back further than the cross. As early as the 2nd century St. Clement of Alexandria suggested that Christians identify themselves with a seal depicting a fish or dove. Even before that time, inscriptions on monuments suggest that the fish symbol was familiar to Christians.
After Christ's crucifixion his followers were persecuted and the fish symbol was used as an identifying symbol that fellow Christians would recognise, but non-Christians would not. Therefore Christians could connect with each other through a secret code, such as a fish symbol, without revealing themselves to the oppressors. Also, the lowercase Greek character for Alpha is similar to the fish symbol, which may have had some influence on the decision for Christians to adopt the symbol, since Jesus calls himself "the Alpha and the Omega"4 ~ the Beginning and the End.
Information source: Seiyaku
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