HELP! Looking for Symbolism

Mewinut's picture

I am writing a paper that shows the early Church Fathers saw symbolic meaning in the miracles of the Old and New Testaments. I would love to focus on the women, for example, Tamar or Rahab. Is there any specific book out there that addresses the symbolism of miracles? Thank you!

noprem's picture

Rahab, for openers.

I'm not sure what you mean by "miracle" here; she didn't perform any.
She had faith in God's power from secondhand knowledge and acted on it. Her fellow citizens had the same knowledge but didn't show faith or take proper action.
Lesson #1: God requires actions to back up faith. Cf. Heb 11:31 and James 2:5.
She listened to the spies and followed their instructions, and was miraculously saved when the foretold destruction came about by miracle.
Lesson #2: When God destroys the wicked he first offers time for repentance, then sends prophets with a specific message, then furnishes a time and place for refuge.
"Rahab the harlot" married Salmon (Mt 1:5) and was thus a progenitor of King David and the greater David, Jesus.
Lesson #3: God uses whom he will and in any way he chooses to accomplish his purposes. That's why he calls himself Jehovah, a short form of the Hebrew phrase "I will prove to be what I will prove to be." Note that he's the only person in the universe who can properly say that. ("Man proposes, God disposes" says the proverb.)
"Early church fathers" weren't there, Joshua was. He sent the spies, heard their report, and led the actions.
Hope this helps. Doug