Vine and Grape Clusters

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Angels harvesting grapes from the vine, detail of the Sarcophagus of the Good Shepherd.
Detail of angels harvesting grapes from the vine that emanates from the central shepherd. Sarcophagus of the Good Shepherd, Catacomb of Praetextatus, Rome, 390s AD. Full sarcophagus.


The idea of the vital union of the believers with Christ and among each other is symbolized by the vine and its branches (John 15:1-6).

A dove with a cluster of grapes. Inscription from the Catacombs of Priscilla, IV sec. d.c., via Salaria Nova, Roma (below, left)

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