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The Good Shepard is one of the earliest Christian symbols in Western art history. Throughout times past Biblically themed art-works from the Byzantine period through the High Renaissance are darkly mystical, infused with an ethereal passionate intensity and rich Christianized symbolism.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. -- Rev. 7:17
The Good Shepherd symbolizes Christ the Savior "I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for His sheep" (John 10:11)
The Shepherd represents Jesus who will search devotedly for even one lost Child of God until it is found. (Luke 15)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15)
The Parable of the Good
The Parable of the Good
The Meaning of Sacred Symbols in Paintings. Most prominently featured symbols and their meaning:The Four Evangelists
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