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Imagery Sources to illustrate Christian Symbols and Meanings

Many of the ancient Christian symbols found on PreachingSymbols.com come from books on Christian symbolism written in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Those books are listed below for your own perusal.   Enjoy!

- Rev. Derek R. Davenport

Early Christian Symbolism in Great Britain and Ireland - John Romilly Allen 1887

Christian Symbols: Some Notes on Their Origins and Meaning - Katherine Kennedy   1919

​Christian Symbolism - Mrs. Henry Jenner 1910

​A Glossary of Liturgical and Ecclesiastical Terms - Frederick George Lee 1877

Handbook of Christian Symbolism - W & G Audsley 1865

The History of Our Lord as Exemplified in Works of Art Volume II - Anna Jameson 1892  

The Image of the Cross and Lights on the Altar - 1876

The Open Court Magazine Volume XVI - 1902

Symbols and Emblems of Early Christian and Medieval Art - Louisa Twining 1885

​The Worship of the Church  and The Beauty of Holiness - Jacob A. Regester  1898

Many of these books are available in various formats on public domain archives, such as Google Books, the Internet Archive, or Project Gutenberg

For a complete bibliography on Christian Symbolism, including books on ancient Christian symbols and meanings, please visit our bibliography page.

If you are searching for the source of any of the ancient christian religious symbols on this site, contact us and we will point you in the right direction!

In addition, stock imagery on this site comes from Pixabay and Morguefile.  If you're looking for royalty free images, especially for a website or blog, you can't do much better than these sites! 

If you would like to share images from your own church, of if you have other imagery you would like to contribute to PreachingSymbols, be sure that you are the rights holder, and contact us. Please be aware that we are not currently purchasing images, so no sales pitches please!