Table of Contents:

Week I – Anchors, Fish (0-300)

Week II – Mysterious Letters (312)

Week III – Cross or Crucifix (1290)

Week IV – Art on a Clock (1500 / Today)

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These videos are lessons on Christian Symbolism delivered at the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley.  Using ancient history, archaeology, theology and art, we will explore Christian symbolism beginning with the earliest years of the Church and moving through the Renaissance.

Lesson I  covers the anchor and fish as symbols, as well as persecution under the Roman Empire.

Lesson II  will cover the conversion of Constantine, the Chi-Rho, IC XC Nika, and the artwork of Rubens about Constantine.

Lesson III will address the gradual adoption of crosses and cruciform imagery.

Lesson IV will discuss Renaissance art and crucifixes, as well as teaching a method to "decode" crucifix paintings.

Artifacts are provided courtesy of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary - for more information visit

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