Types and Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and Jewish Culture
Deborah Vance (Isosaki)
Professor Nora Lozano
Baptist University of the Americas
3 December, 2013
The Bible is full of many types and pictures representing other concepts. These may purposely be put in place inspired by the Holy Spirit or they may be what some theologian or biblical student has dreamed up. Although the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead the saints of the Old Testament era did not think of Him as a separate divine being but rather as a powerful force of God. This force was believed to be proof of the presence of God.
The development of the doctrine and role of the Holy Spirit took many centuries. There was little attention given to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit prior to the Nicene Creed. There were other more urgent matters that needed to be addressed and dealt with, such as Christology conflicts. Saint Anselm finally brought the subject to light during the age of scholasticism.
Even though the Holy Spirit was not introduced to us as such until Jesus began to reveal that mystery, we as Christians, accept by faith the doctrine of the Trinity. We know that as God, He is eternal and as such has always existed. Just as there are types and pictures of Jesus Christ in the Bible and the Jewish culture, one can also find types of the Holy Spirit. If one digs under the words on pages of Scripture and transcends culture barriers he or she may be able to gain a few insights into the aspects of the nature of this divine person. As one gains a deeper understanding of the Jewish Culture, she can also begin to understand more of this mystery of the Spirit found therein.
Types and Pictures of The Holy Spirit found in the Bible and Jewish Culture
II. Representations of the Holy Spirit
A. The Dove