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Offline Dnarmist

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Icons of Jesus
« on: January 03, 2011, 12:28:14 AM »
What are the three "Symbols" in the ring around his head? Why are they split into 3, to show that he is the Godhead?

Why does Jesus in alot of these icons have a red shirt, a gold stripe on the left and in a blue robe sort of thing? As pictured below:


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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 01:18:34 AM »
What are the three "Symbols" in the ring around his head? Why are they split into 3, to show that he is the Godhead?

They literally translate into english as "The Existing One" and come from the name of God that was given to Moses at the burning bush. They proclaim Christ to be the great "I Am" as the Second Person of the Trinity.

And FWIW, these are our Fathers too, you know.

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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 01:25:40 AM »
Thanks for that

Any idea on the color choices? Like the single gold band, the red and blue robes?
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 01:48:27 AM »
The halo (or nimbus) is divided into three parts also to invoke the shape of the cross (the fourth part being obscured by the head, but implied).

The Blue/Red combination speaks of his divinity and humanity. He is both God (blue) and Man (red).

Interestingly, the Mother of God is depicted with red and blue also, but reversed, with red outside and blue inside. This reinforces that God was within her flesh.

I don't know about the gold band though.
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 02:18:55 AM »
I think I remember reading somewhere that the gold band/sash is a symbol of His priesthood? 
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 02:32:54 AM »
The halo (or nimbus) is divided into three parts also to invoke the shape of the cross (the fourth part being obscured by the head, but implied)

You could say his neck represents that fourth part. If we took the three parts as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit...and they all point to His head...the Godhead. I think that's a neat observation.
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011, 11:55:48 AM »
I think I remember reading somewhere that the gold band/sash is a symbol of His priesthood? 
I had heard that the gold band signifies His royalty as King of kings and Lord of lords.
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 01:20:16 PM »
I've actually never heard a definitive explanation behind the gold band.

Of course, my favorite icon of Christ isn't the Pantocrator or Teacher icons, but the Great High Priest icons:

He is robed in majesty!
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011, 10:45:54 PM »
 May I aslo add, that as s a student of iconography I was taught that: Christ always has a cross in his halo and the letters for  “I Am”, or "The One Who Is". His inner garment shows His inner being, that is, a red (human)+ violet (heavenly father)= the ground pigment of hematite, which is also interestingly called bloodstone. His mission is shown by his outer garment, a green + dark blue =a deep aquamarine indicating his mission is to deify humanity, to bring us all to theosis. The golden sash is a sign of royalty. Hope that helps!
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2011, 11:50:05 PM »

Of course, my favorite icon of Christ isn't the Pantocrator or Teacher icons, but the Great High Priest icons:

He is robed in majesty!

This is one of my favorites, too. I always look forward to services in the chapel, because there is one of these on the iconostasis in there.   :angel:

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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 12:08:19 AM »
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2011, 12:38:48 AM »

Of course, my favorite icon of Christ isn't the Pantocrator or Teacher icons, but the Great High Priest icons:

He is robed in majesty!

This is one of my favorites, too. I always look forward to services in the chapel, because there is one of these on the iconostasis in there.   :angel:

Would someone be kind enough to explain some of the representations on this icon?
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2011, 12:56:25 AM »
The four Evangelists

Angel = Matthew (also Jesus as Man)
Lion = Mark (also Jesus as King)
Ox = Luke (also Jesus as a Sacrifice)
Eagle = John (also Jesus as Ressurection/Spirit)

These are the four living creatures which surround God's throne in Rev 4:7

Before the nut gallery cues in allow me to also give some sources. These sources do not exactly agree but here goes:
St. Irenaeus of Lyons  (ca. 120-202 AD) Adversus Haereses

St. Augustine of Hippo  (354-430 AD)  -  De consensu evangelistarum

St. Jerome (ca. 347-420 AD) - Preface to the Commentary on Matthew

St Jerome is the most influential of the three on this topic and is taken to be Church Tradition.
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Re: Icons of Jesus
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2011, 02:10:38 AM »
Thank you, Dart.
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