The Bible Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

The Bible Symbols, Allegory and Motifs


A symbol of God’s covenant with mankind, appearing not just in conjunction with the end of the flood in Genesis, but also in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation.

Thunder and Lightning

The awesome power and majesty of God in place in heaven as almighty ruler of those below.

white hair

Wisdom gained through experience and suffering.


The trickery and manipulation of the agency of evil.

Washing of hands

A symbol of the claim to innocence, though necessarily a symbol of innocence itself.

cedar trees

The magnificent presentation of the cedar trees of the Holy Land which stand tall and feature large branches held out like arms make them a perfect metaphor to suggest great pride, haughtiness or arrogance.


Shorthand for something of incalculable numbers.


A symbol of one who is chosen to be sacrificed or who chooses to sacrifice himself.


Satan and his minions of evil.


The great power of a strong king.

Pure/Impure Women

Pure women are symbols of the true church while impure women symbolize apostasy or corruption within the church.

the sun

A symbol of the light of God expressed through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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