In Christian art, the winged ox is a symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, the author of the Gospel of Luke. The symbolism of the Four Evangelists dates from the 2nd century and derives from the four "living creatures" seen around God's throne in Ezekiel and Revelation. A symbol of sacrifice and strength, the ox represents the Gospel of Luke's emphasis on the priesthood and sacrifice of Christ.

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Topic ID
976
Title
Winged Ox
Date Added
December 12, 2012
Last Updated
April 11, 2022
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