Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to the Birds of the Bible
From biblical times to today, people have found meaning and significance in the actions and symbolism of birds. We admire their mystery and manners, their strength and fragility, their beauty and their ugliness--and perhaps compare these very characteristics to our own lives in the process.
From the well-known image of the dove to the birds that gorge on the flesh of the defeated "beast" in Revelation, birds play a dynamic part in Scripture. They bring bread to the prophets. They are food for the wanderers. As sacrifices, they are the currency of mercy. They also challenge, offend, devour, and fight.
Highlighting 10 birds throughout Scripture, author Debbie Blue explores their significance in both familiar and unfamiliar biblical stories and illustrates how and why they have represented humanity across culture, Christian tradition, art, and contemporary psyche. With these (usually) minor characters at the forefront of human imaginations, poignant life lessons illuminate such qualities as desire and gratitude, power and vulnerability, insignificance and importance--and provide us with profound lessons about humanity, faith, and God's mysterious grace.
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Surprising WisedomUser Review - darian - Christianbook.com
This was a very unique book. But a good one. Debbie Blue will tell you more than you ever would want to know about birds. Specifically, the birds of the Bible. However, through her telling you will ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DubiousDisciple - LibraryThing
Inspirational, educational, and fun. You’ve probably never looked at the Bible from this angle. When Jesus says “consider the birds” (Matthew 6:26, Luke 12:24), is he giving us a lesson that we can ... Read full review
The PigeonPurity and Impurity
The PelicanSacrifice and Gift
The VultureUgliness and Beauty
The EaglePower and Vulernability
The SparrowContempt and Compassion
The HenFreedom and Domestication