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Ixthus – The Sign of the Fish

    The Greek word for fish is “ichthus.” As early as the first century, Christians used the word as an acrostic with the letters referring “Iesous Christos Theou Huios Soter”, i.e. “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.”  The fish has plenty of other theological overtones as well — e.g., Christ fed the 5,000 with 2 fishes and 5 loaves, and He called His disciples “fishers of men.”   Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. Hence the fish, unlike, say, the Cross, attracted little suspicion, making it a perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers of the first…

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