Sunday, August 31, 2008

An Unrelated Aside

Since I'm currently writing on another project and haven't finished the next review, I'll step in for an aside on the crucifix I recently acquired. A reader kindly sent me some information on it; it is apparently a Fourteen Stations crucifix because it's made from fourteen pieces of olive wood. I had been having trouble identifying the contents of the little glass windows, but they apparently contain soil, rock, incense, olive leaves, and Rose of Sharon, all from the Holy Land.

Also, the same reader sent along a little information on the Rose of Sharon, from this website. Here's an interesting quote:

"Nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus actually referred to as the rose of Sharon. However, He is 'symbolically' referred to as the rose of Sharon."

I confess, I cannot understand that pair of sentences; apparently Jesus is not referred to as the rose of Sharon, but he is referred to as the rose of Sharon. Got that? Now I'd like to know why symbolically is in quotation marks and as is in bold. Feel free to offer your speculations.
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