Worshipping of fire informs many cultures around the world, inspiring their unique traditions, art, and architecture. In Greek and Roman tradition, fire is associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion. The word “ignite,” I’ve learned, came from Agni, a Hindu and Vedic god.
Ideas can spread like wildfire, ignited by a bolt of heavenly inspiration. This button, named “Seven Tongue Flame,” is a part of the Christian-themed series of designs in Bethlehem Pearl, made in the Holy Land. The city of Bethlehem is in the central West Bank, Palestine, where different cultures in various languages strive to coexist.
The story depicted on this button is found in the Acts of the Apostles (2:2) of the New Testament. In fact, the very idea of spreading the gospel has, over centuries, materialized into many foreign languages from its original dialect of old Greek.
Here’s a version in the English language:
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
biblehub.com offers four different versions of the same verse in the English language:
Just like the divided tongues of fire, each wording variation tries to capture the original spirit and to transmit the idea.
by Mika Jarmusz
The above is based on the National Button Society's Classification System.
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