Essays on Symbolism

Essays on Symbolism

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...its meaning is more recondite. There is no tribe of trees so useful and important 90 man as the palm tribe, none which furnishes him with so many necessaries of life, or whose growth is more beautiful and majestic; and of all the 'palms, . that which from primitive times, and in the primeval seat of our race, has been the most prized, and regarded as indicative of the divine benefieence, is the date palm. A conventional form of the palm tree occurs on the Nineveh tablets, surrounded by an enclosure of pa metlca, and attended by winged deities, or ministers holding the pine-cone symbol of life, which, in Assyrian sculpture, takes the place of the crux ansata in the hands of the Egyptian deities. The palmctle passed from the Assyrians to the Greeks, and formed the crowning ornament of their most beautiful temples. It appears also to have been a symbol among the Etruscans, and, together with the palm tree, will be found on Etruscan sacred I utensils. _ Among the Jews, the date palm would seem to have had a certain typical signification; it was largely introduced in the decorations of Solomon's temple, being represented on the walls slcifg with. the chcrubim, and also on the furniture and vessels of the temple (1 Kings vi. 29, 32, 35; vii. 36). In the song of Solomon, which thcologians regard as significant of the love of the Church for Christ, the Spouse of the Church is spoken of as tho palm tree. I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the bougha thercof (Solom. Song vii. 8). The palm tree is also in Scripture a favourite similr for the rightcous, who are said to flourish like the palm tree. (Psalm xcii., 12). The Tree of Life mentioned in the second chapter of Genesis v. 9, has always been more

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