Sacred Times – Genesis 1-14

Whew! This was a tough one! This verse contained a lot of very abstract concepts that were difficult to translate into pictograms. “Sacred times” was a particularly big challenge. So, let’s take a look at the verse!

Sacred Times
Genesis 1:14 – And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

Our pictogram start again with God and a speech bubble. God suggests the existence of lights in the vault of the sky (firmament). He then goes on to state several use cases for these lights. The first of which is to separate the day from the night. The pictograms used to depict this are the ones we have used before for day and night. They are shown with a double headed arrow between them to show the separation.

Things Get Tricky with “Sacred Times”

A “+” joins this first constellation of pictograms with the next three individual pictograms. The first in the series shows a clock face with a human figure praying as the time the clock indicates. We struggled a great deal with depicting this concept. The pictogram we landed on here is not one we use without some concern. We are not sure about the universality of the clock face.

The next pictogram indicates that the lights in the sky mark the days. This pictogram is similar to ones we have used in the as to indicate the passage of days, and we are far more confident about it then we are about the previous one. The last pictogram of the set depicts the way in which the lights in the sky mark the years. The lines represent the sun’s ecliptic, which moves back and forth across the sky as the year progresses. This is another pictogram that may be a little bit hard for people to understand, but it is the only way we can currently come up with to express the idea.

More Challenges Await!

And we’ll be back at it soon with more pictographic bible verses!

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