Quick Notes on the Anchor and Fish

The anchor as a Christian symbol appeared on lamps and in the catacombs and symbolized hope.

The fish is connected to an ancient acrostic and stood for the creed that "Jesus Christ is God's son, Savior." 

Table of Contents for the Series:

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.

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Anchors and Fish: 0-300

This video is a lesson on Christian Symbolism delivered at the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley.  Using ancient history, archaeology, theology and art, this presentation explores the symbolism of the early church from the years 1 through 300.  The symbols of particular emphasis are the anchor and the fish.


- Rev. Derek R. Davenport