Friday, May 12, 2017

Lilies Of The Field.

Lilies-of-the valley: briefly then: academic opinion (World Bible Commentary, Anchor Yale Bible Commentary and others) favours the original word referring to a Lotus not a Lily on various grounds, but highlighting that Lotus is a type of Lily and that in olden days they wouldn't attempt to distinguish between them.  
Significance is mainly around the association of the lotus with the mother-goddess as a symbol of life, fecundity, and perfection which persists in the Christian representations of the Madonna with her lily symbolising a sort of perfection diametrically opposite its primitive (sexual) meaning ((Anchor Yale Bible Commentary).