The symbolic uses of lions in both the Old Testament and New Testament books frequently focus on the animal’s strength and nobility in connection with either the Israelites or God in the Old Testament or Christ in the New Testament. With more than 150 mentions of lions across the 66 books of the Bible, the animal’s fierceness was also associated with negative attributes, danger or vengeance.Continue Reading
The author of Peter’s first epistle uses the lion as a symbol for the threat to Christians posed by the devil through a comparison made to a roaring and devouring beast. In a similar manner, the apostle Paul speaks of his ordeals metaphorically by saying he was rescued from the mouth of a lion. In contrast to the negative symbolism, a winged lion represents the apostle Mark. In the Old Testament, the lion metaphorically represents the pagan nations that threatened the tribes of Israel.
The Bible writers would have been familiar with both the Asiatic and African lion. Asiatic lions inhabited Arabia, Palestine, Babylon, Persia and Assyria while the African lion was found in the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt. Lions have been mentioned in the Bible more times than any of the other wild animals known to the biblical writers.Learn more about The Bible
As of 2014, the Old Testament is generally recognized to have 23,145 verses, while the New Testament has 7,958 verses. This gives the Bible an accepted total of 31,103 verses. However, the exact number of verses varies depending on the Bible edition and religious tradition.Full Answer >
According to biblical lore, the Ten Commandments are a set of laws given to Moses and the Israelites by God on Mount Sinai. Also known as the Decalogue, the commandments are instructions from God to his people. In the biblical story related in Exodus 20:1-17, God inscribed the laws on two stone tablets, providing the basis for human conduct.Full Answer >
The phrase "Grace of God" is most often interpreted to mean God's unmerited favor, particularly in the New Testament. By the grace of God, humans are given the gift of salvation, not through any action on their own part.Full Answer >
Some of the books of the Bible are Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Esther, Leviticus and Psalms from the Old Testament. Books from the New Testament of the Bible include Acts of the Apostles, Colossians, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There are 27 books in the New Testament, while the number of books in the Old Testament depends on the religious edition.Full Answer >