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Symbolism, Symbol

Symbolism is the practice of communicating through symbols. However, to define the meaning of the word “symbol,” as used in Scripture and elsewhere, is a problem. I. The nature of symbols and symbolism. A. The problem of definition. The problem of constructing an adequate definition of a symbol stems in part from the overlapping usage of the words “sign,” “type,” and “symbol.” For example, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary speaks of “symbol” as something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental but not intentional resemblance; esp. a visible sign [italics added] of something [as a concept or institution] that is invisible...”; The Concise Oxford Dictionary (fifth ed.) gives under sign: “written mark conventionally used for word or phrase, symbol [italics added], thing used as representation of something”; Funk and Wagnalls New ‘Standard’ Dictionary defines “type” as “something that is emblematic; that w