The moon is a silver medallion

Did you notice the moon last night? It is nearly a full moon and as I was driving home it lit up the sky. But how do you describe the moon? What does it look like? Well someone has described it as looking like a silver medallion. A silver medallion is a a special silver coin (money) it is white / silver colour and round. 0303_moonFoilSealsSilver10022640_x

When you look at the moon it is also white/ silver colour and round. So the silver medallion helps us describe the moon – it is a metaphor. A metaphor is when you compare two things that are very different, but have some characteristics in common. We use metaphor a lot in our language to help explain things to other people. The Bible uses many metaphors and it is sometimes the only way we can begin to understand what God is like. That is why Jesus is so important to us, because he lived on earth he was able to explain through the example of his life what God is like.

Metaphors tend to work well only in their original language – or that is what myself and my some of my other chaplain colleagues think… and it may explain why some Deaf people find understanding the Bible difficult, because it is written in English.. and their first or preferred language is British Sign Language. What do you think?

3 thoughts on “The moon is a silver medallion

  1. Has there ever been a BSL Bible?
    As it is possible to print the entire Bible on a pinhead why didn’t the RAD do this for Deaf Christians and scholars in all the time they had when custodian of BSL-Christianity in London and the Home Counties?

  2. I have a book ‘the Picture Bible’ in a comic book format. I think Deaf Christians will find this book helpful and easy to understand while waiting for a BSL Bible. I will show you at the next Hayes Church service.

  3. Mike there is work going on to do an BSL Bible interpreted from the Greek / Hebrew. Have a look at the BSL Bible Translation web page for more information.

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