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6 years ago  ::  Nov 19, 2008 - 11:23AM #1
EyesoftheWorld
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Hi. I have read that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were/are linked/affiliated/associated with the bull, the lion, the snake and the eagle. Has anyone heard this before? And if so, can you please list which animal goes with which Gospel writer? And finally, how such associations cam about?

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6 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2008 - 12:29PM #2
EyesoftheWorld
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thank you, heterodoxus. Are there particular associations, like John is the Bull, Mark is the Eagle? etc?
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6 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2008 - 12:34PM #3
EyesoftheWorld
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oh sorry! I didn't realize it was a link.... heheh
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6 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2008 - 6:43PM #4
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Shux, I always associated The Gospel of John with a jackass! (Equus africanus, of course!)
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6 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2008 - 8:03AM #5
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I was making a joke. Well, trying to.
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6 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2008 - 3:01PM #6
EyesoftheWorld
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Alright, here's the correspondences:

Matthew - Human
Mark - Lion
Luke - Bull
John - Snake/Eagle

MisterC, I didn't read the whole article/essay yet; I skimmed it. I have two questions:
1) where did these correspondences originate? who or what made them?
2) why does the author of that article/essay believe these need reassigning? on whose authority? (this is obviously related to the answer to the first question.

And finally, I have heard of connection/symbolism of those same four animals with four particular qualities:

Bull - Life
Lion - Light
Snake/Eagle - Love
Human - Liberty

Do you see any kind of correspondence then between?:

Luke - Life
Mark - Light
John - Love
Matthew - Liberty
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6 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2008 - 6:19PM #7
MisterC
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Obviously, you have confused me with someone else! I laugh at such and have no "essay."
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6 years ago  ::  Nov 24, 2008 - 12:11PM #8
EyesoftheWorld
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Thank you, heterodoxus. I was puzzled as to where these things come from... I mean, I know it's all coming from the minds of men... I'm rather interested in the sequence and in some cases, actual individuals may be able to be identified as the origins of such myths... though I am aware that such identifications may also be myths!

Have you ever read any Freidrich Nietzsche?

Btw, I like your name!
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