Wednesday, September 13, 2006
One common explanation for the halo behind the head of saints and especially Christ was that it was seen as a sign of divinity, as Apollo was always shown as being in front of the sun. That makes sense.
At the same time, being a fan of puns, another, perhaps complementary, reason occurred to me:
What's the Greek word for "Messiah?" "christos"
What's the Greek word for "Golden?" "chrysos"
I wonder if there wasn't some wordplay there, especially in light of all the text notes I often see about Hebrew names which often sound like words for something else.