Sunday, October 31, 2010

Found Squirrels: Squirrel of Squirrels

This is absolutely the most unusual squirrel I have ever featured in my blog.

And Jesus said, "Let the little rodents come to me..." Credit goes to my mother for seeing this squirrel at the Episcopal church in our hometown. She also gets photo credit too, and lots of mother points for volunteering to be the weirdo in the church taking pictures of the squirrel stained glass window.

Seriously, does anyone out there recall any scene from the New Testament in which a squirrel was mentioned as a companion of Jesus directly before his crucifixion? I used the online searchable Bible and could find not one squirrel.

Don't get me wrong, I'm rather excited to see a squirrel in religious imagery. I've found all sorts of squirrels carved into the walls of banks, but my many years of closely studying relief sculpture in churches around the world has unearthed nary a rodent (although Saint Francis of Assisi often has a squirrel companion, at least when depicted on medallions).

But seriously, this is just strange.

3 comments:

  1. This naturally leads to the rather important question: what is the nature of the symbolism of the squirrel within a religious context?

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  2. I love this stained glass window! Let the little squirrels come to me! You might like to see my 'Jesus with squirrel' poster: http://squirrelsofwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/11/jesus-love-little-baby-squirrels.html

    Julie aka squirrelady of Austin, Texas

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