The Star of David is also called the Shield of David. It did not emerge as a symbol of Judaism until the Middle Ages and was not popularly associated with Judaism until after World War II. Prior to its association with Judaism, it was also associated with Christianity and Islam.Continue Reading
It is not clear how the Star of David originated. Furthermore, the symbolic meanings of it vary. Some believe the points of the two triangles represent different cardinal directions. Others believe it represents the relationship between God, the Torah and Israel. Still others believe the opposing triangles represent good and evil.
Although it is named for King David, the Star of David has not always been associated with David. For a time, it was associated with David's son, Solomon. The name "Shield of David" originates from a Jewish legend about the design of David's shield, which involved two interlocking triangles. It was only after Hitler forced the Jewish people to wear Stars of David to identify themselves during World War II that the symbol became widely associated with the Jewish faith. After the war, the newly founded nation of Israel adopted the symbol and made it part of their official flag.Learn more about Judaism
The Star of David, intended to represent the shape of King David's shield, is a symbol for Judaism and the Jewish community. There are several interpretations for its symbolic significance. One such view is that it represents an inner spiritual center supported by six universal sides. Another view is that the two overlapping triangles represent the dichotomies of good and evil.Full Answer >
Common star symbols include the asterisk, Star of David and the Pentacle. An asterisk is found on a keyboard as the shift of the "8" key. It often denotes an omission of text or a footnote at the bottom of the page.Full Answer >
David Venable is a cook and the host of the QVC show "In the Kitchen with David," as of 2015. He is also the author of "In the Kitchen with David: Comfort Foods That Take You Home." Although heavily involved in the gourmet food industry, Venable is not a chef.Full Answer >
David Hockney is one of the most important artists of the 20th century due to his influence on the Pop Art movement in the 1960s through his paintings and photography. Hockney grew up in Britain, but moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s after visiting there earlier in the decade.Full Answer >