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  1. 1. And did those feet in ancient times...... Cameron Kippen
  2. 2. Divination From the beginning inference was drawn, both good and evil, from minor birth defects such as webbed toes (syndactylism); and extra toes and fingers or (polydactilism).
  3. 3. The Ankh To believers the Ankh serves as an antenna for divine power of life that permeates the universe. Many experts accept the Ankh was a flattened sandal.
  4. 4. Barefoot Despite shoes being available both ordinary Sumarians and Egyptians went barefoot. Walking barefoot came to symbolise three states: humility, status, or God. (Exodus 3:5)
  5. 5. All in the translation The Holy Scriptures were translated first from Aramaic to Greek, then Latin, and finally into English. Literal interpretation is impossible. The Dead Sea Scrolls
  6. 6. Symbolism of head and feet Christ The Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janairo, Brazil Simple reference to the human body meant the head of a religious sect was the the driving force and the feet the foundation i.e. The faithful
  7. 7. The Old & New Testaments The Old Testament contains more references to feet and shoes than the New Testament and their metaphoric meanings fundamentally are significantly different. Domenico Fetti 1589 -1623
  8. 8. God speaks to Moses And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Exodus 3:5
  9. 9. Foot Metaphors Nibble footedness implied righteousness and obedience to God. 'Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.'
  10. 10. Take care of the pair And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way ; but let it rather be healed.' Heb 12:13
  11. 11. The Red Carpet Ceremonially, rolling out of the Red Carpet metaphorically represents the following the path of righteousness. 'your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.‘ Psalms 119: 105 NIV
  12. 12. Dreams When Nebuchadnezzar (circa 601 BC) dreamt of a statue with toes made of clay and iron this was taken as an omen to which only Daniel could interpret the meaning. Daniel 2:1-49
  13. 13. Foot Metaphors ‘ on which the sole of your foot treds.’ Deuteronomy 2:5
  14. 14. Foot Metaphors Foot metaphors implied domination and rule and figured in speech, where someone had authority over another person, or place.
  15. 15. Foot metaphors ‘Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbours house, lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.’ Proverbs 25:17
  16. 16. Sexy Feet Feet were used as convenient metaphors for the naughty bits. ‘and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down.’ Ruth 3:1 -9
  17. 17. Beautiful Feet In the New Testament feet were considered beautiful when they belonged to someone carrying the good news of God’s Salvation.
  18. 18. ‘How beautiful are feet of them that preach the gospel of peace.’ Romans 10:15 Me, myself, I
  19. 19. Blessed are the peacemakers 'The Messiah will guide feet into the way of peace.' Luke 1:79
  20. 20. Spreading the Gospel 'And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of the house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.' Matthew 10:14
  21. 21. Footwashing Shoes were made from animal skins which made it difficult to keep clean. Footwashing was a common Middle Eastern custom extended to house guests.
  22. 22. Footwashing St, Augustine Washing the Feet of Christ (1629) by Bernardo Strozzi Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, Genoa
  23. 23. Mary Magdalane
  24. 24. The Last Supper Christ dramatically subverted the custom of footwashing by washing his disciple's feet as an act of humility and brotherhood.
  25. 25. Pedilavium From the 12th century Popes washed the feet of sub-deacons and poor men. Later foot washing corridors were built in many churches
  26. 26. Maundy Money In the UK the ceremony of footwashing is still commemorated with special coins called Maundy Money.
  27. 27. Foot kissing ‘Kings...shall lick up the dust of Thy feet.’
  28. 28. Patron Saints of Feet Saint ServatusSaint Peter 'He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for the strength shall no man prevail.' 1 Sam 2:9
  29. 29. Commonwealth of Australia WARNING This material has been copied and communicated to you by or on behalf of Cameron Kippen pursuant to Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (the Act). The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further copying or communication of this material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act. Do not remove this notice Copyright Regulations 1969