Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Just a Thought...

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.

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