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The Good Shepherd

Early Christian GravesChristian grave sites were at first the Church's only property. Gravestones provide the earliest examples of Christian sculptures. The favorite figure to be found on them is that of the Good Shepherd bringing home the sheep on his shoulders. Aristides, an Athenian, about 140 AD gives us a description of a Christian funeral, "If any righteous person among us passes away from this world, we rejoice and give thanks to God, and follow his body as if he were moving from one place to another." Why did the New Testament Christians choose the Good Shepherd image to associate with death?

"Christian Grave Sites"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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