Free Bible Study on the Winged Bull:
Given the historical debate over the Christian symbols for the evangelists, they lend themselves quite easily to a Bible study, and overview of the gospels.
Read Luke 1.5-38 which references the priest Zechariah, and Luke 2.19-34 which tells the story of Mary and Joseph making a sacrifice in the temple. Decide whether you agree with the connection of Luke to the winged bull, and whether one of the other symbols would be a better fit for Luke's Gospel
The Winged Bull is an appropriate symbol to use when preaching about atonement, or the death of Christ. It could also help highlight themes anytime you preach from the Gospel according to Luke.
The symbols of the evangelists are not tied to any particular time or event in the liturgical calendar. With the emphasis on sacrifice, it could be an appropriate to use this Christian symbol during Holy Week, or close to Christmas, as a way to connect the two events.
The symbol of the winged bull (or calf) is often thought to represent the Gospel according to Luke. Augustine highlights the opening of the gospel and its reference to the priest Zechariah. This reference is taken as an emphasis on sacrifice, hence connecting Luke with the bull as a sacrificial animal.
While there is debate about the meaning of the other winged creatures as Christian symbols, such debate is less prevalent about Luke. Jerome, Augustine, and even Irenaeus agree that the bull is best connected to the Gospel according to Luke.
As with the other symbols of the evangelists, the winged bull can sometimes be found on pulpits, crosses, or crucifixes. They are also sometimes found as illustrations in Bibles on the first pages of their respective gospels, or altogether at the beginning of the New Testament
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