|The Seal of the Latin Bible|
The illustration by Tremellius and Junius used throughout the Latin Bible begins at the bottom with two hands clasped in a field of clouds, one hand has a wrist band and represents the female, the other the male spouse. Clasped hands can often be interpreted as a deceased female spouse being guided by her deceased husband into the after-life. In this case they may symbolize reconciliation, friendship and peace.
Through the clasped hands there is a winged staff entwined with two snakes, (actually called a caduceus) topped by what appears to be the spark of a Pineal Gland symbolizing memory of the source of life or a sun-like representation which is a Graeco-Roman symbol for truce, neutrality and noncombatant status. To this day the caduceus symbolizes healing and medicine.
On either side of the staff are two entwined horns of plenty which represent abundance. The wheat relates to Christian fertility and the resurrection and what appear to be figs represent salvation.
Finally, the illustration features a winged steed symbolizing the flight to heaven and may in fact represent the white horse of the Bible, upon which the Second Coming shall commence.
As part of a 400th Year Commemoration, we are making The Seal of the Latin Bible available for $25 as a high quality, 250 DPI digital file download or an archive quality, printed, iron-on transfer (approx. 8" X 8" suitable for heat pressing onto hand-made papers or cloth) E-mail us for more details.