Angelic SAINT MATHEW

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Marysville, United States

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In iconography, the evangelists often appear in Evangelist portraits derived from classical tradition. They are frequently represented by the symbols which originate from the four “living creatures” that draw the throne-chariot of God, the Merkabah, in the vision in the Book of Ezekiel (Chapter 1) reflected in the Book of Revelation. However, neither source links the creatures to the Evangelists.

These images normally, but not invariably, appear with wings like angels.

The meanings accruing to the symbols grew over centuries, with an early formulation by Jerome, and were fully expressed by Rabanus Maurus, who set out three layers of meaning for the beasts, as representing firstly the Evangelists, secondly the nature of Christ, and thirdly the virtues required of a Christian for salvation:

These animals may have originally been seen as representing the highest forms of the various types of animals, i.e., man, the king of creation as the image of the creator; the lion as the king of beasts of prey (meat-eating); the ox as the king of domesticated animals (grass-eating) and the eagle as the king of the birds.

The symbols of the four Evangelists are depicted in the Book of Kells.

The four winged creatures symbolize, clockwise from top left Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke.

Matthew the Evangelist, the author of the first gospel account, is symbolized by a winged man, or angel.

Matthew’s gospel starts with Joseph’s genealogy from Abraham; it represents Jesus’ Incarnation, and so Christ’s human nature.

This signifies that Christians should use their reason for salvation.

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