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Thread #20634   Message #668144
Posted By: Jeanie
13-Mar-02 - 03:17 AM
Thread Name: Who/what is the Great Speckled Bird?
Subject: RE: Who/what is THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD?
I gathered material from many different Bible commentaries,Dicho. If you want to look into this in more detail,a starting point is the on-line commentary on

Joe may want to add to this himself, but in his post where he quotes Jer. 12:9, he says "BUT in the SONG the church is like the great speckled bird."

There's no doubt that in the song, the "great speckled bird" is being used to represent the church (or a church/denomination/members thereof), and, moreover, in a positive light.

But the original question was : "Who/what is the great speckled bird?" For that, you go back to the source, the Bible, where the "great speckled bird" represents something very different.

As SharonA says, here is one example of very many, where a bible passage or concept has been misinterpreted and, over time, like a game of Chinese whispers, a whole false mythology has sprung up.I find that whole process fascinating.

- Jeanie