See the 'halo'

In many faiths, artists have painted or sculpted halos surrounding people, symbolizing a glow of holiness, or expression of the divine nature. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Ruth, John, Mary, Paul, and, of course, Jesus, are a few of the people in the Bible’s Old and New Testaments who have been depicted with this “halo” of holiness and love.

It’s said that halo has its root in Helios, which is Greek for Sun. Although halo isn’t specifically mentioned in most translations of the Bible, Matthew 17:2 refers to an occasion when Jesus’ face “did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” And when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (Exodus 34:29, Revised Standard Version). 

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July 8, 2013

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