The Swallow as a Christian
Symbol represents the Incarnation of Jesus and the
Resurrection, as it appears every spring to announce
The Easton Bible Dictionary provides the following
definition, meaning and emblem for the Swallow
Christian Symbol in the Bible.
(1.) Heb. sis (Isa. 38:14; Jer. 8:7), the Arabic for
the swift, which "is a regular migrant, returning in
myriads every spring, and so suddenly that while one
day not a swift can be seen in the country, on the
next they have overspread the whole land, and fill
the air with their shrill cry." The swift (cypselus)
is ordinarily classed with the swallow, which it
resembles in its flight, habits, and migration.
(2.) Heb. deror, i.e., "the bird of freedom" (Ps.
84:3; Prov. 26:2), properly rendered swallow,
distinguished for its swiftness of flight, its love
of freedom, and the impossibility of retaining it in
captivity. In Isa. 38:14 and Jer. 8:7 the word thus
rendered ('augr) properly means "crane" (as in the