The Definition and Meaning of the Sparrow as a Catholic Christian Symbol
Catholic Christian symbolism in art provides a clear graphic illustration which represents people or items of religious significance. What is the definition and the meaning of the Sparrow? A sparrow is any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects. One of many species of small singing birds of the family (Fringillig), having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches and buntings. The common sparrow is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young and its fecundity. The Sparrow Christian Symbol represents and symbolizes the concern of God for the most insignificant living things.
Reference to the Sparrow Christian Symbol in the Bible
The Easton Bible Dictionary provides the following definition, meaning and emblem for the Sparrow Christian Symbol in the Bible.
Mentioned among the offerings made by the very poor.
Two sparrows were sold for a farthing (Matt. 10:29), and five for two farthings (Luke 12:6).
The Hebrew word is 'tsippor', which properly denotes the whole family of small birds which feed on grain (Lev. 14:4; Ps. 84:3; 102:7).
The Greek word of the New Testament is 'strouthion' (Matt. 10:29-31).
The definition and the meaning of Symbols or Icon in early religious art forms. A Catholic sign or icon, such as the Sparrow Christian Symbol, is an object, character, figure, or color used to represent abstract ideas or concepts - a picture that represents an idea. A religious icon, such as the Sparrow Christian Symbol, is an image or symbolic representation with sacred significance. The meanings, origins and ancient traditions surrounding Christian symbols date back to early times when the majority of ordinary people were not able to read or write and printing was unknown. Many were 'borrowed' or drawn from early pre-Christian traditions.