The Lion of Judah (Hebrew: אריה יהודה Aryeh Yehudah) is a Jewish national and cultural symbol, traditionally regarded as the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah. The Lion of Judah is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, as a term representing Jesus, according to Christian theology.
According to the Jewish Federations of North America, there are 17,500 Lions of Judah across the globe.
Lions are symbols of courage and power which are imperative that Christians should have when it relates to God. Lions are also a symbol of royalty and many Christians believe that God is the highest of all royalty. Much like Christians, lions take pride in family and love.
The Lion of Judah is the national symbol of Ethiopia, and “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah” is the title of every Ethiopian Emperor. King Haile Selassie referred to himself as the conquering lion of the tribe of Judah. As this lion wears the royal crown, it may be a representation of the Emperor himself.
Judea or Judaea, and the modern version of Judah (/dʒuːˈdiːə/; from Hebrew: יהודה, Standard Yəhūda, Tiberian Yehūḏā, Greek: Ἰουδαία, Ioudaía; Latin: Iūdaea) is the ancient, historic, Biblical Hebrew, contemporaneous Latin, and the modern-day name of the mountainous southern part of the region of Israel.
The tribe of Judah settled in the region south of Jerusalem and in time became the most powerful and most important tribe. Not only did it produce the great kings David and Solomon but also, it was prophesied, the Messiah would come from among its members.
In Matthew 1:1–6 and Luke 3:31–34 of the New Testament, Jesus is described as a member of the tribe of Judah by lineage. Revelation 5:5 also mentions an apocalyptic vision of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Its most common traits are: majesty, strength, courage, justice, and military might. It can be both solar and lunar. Commonly reffered to as “the KING of the beasts,” it is a symbol of Kingly power and might, but as the lioness it is commonly related to the Great Mother and protection.
Origin:Hebrew. Popularity:331. Meaning:praised. In the Old Testament, Judah was the fourth of Jacob’s 12 sons and known as the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel.
The four faces represent the four domains of God’s rule: the man represents humanity; the lion, wild animals; the ox, domestic animals; and the eagle, birds.
In Christian tradition, Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel is symbolized by the lion of Saint Mark – a figure of courage and monarchy. It also represents Jesus’ Resurrection (because lions were believed to sleep with open eyes, a comparison with Christ in the tomb), and Christ as king.
The symbol is used in both Christianity and Judaism to represent the Messianic Age. In addition, in Christianity, according to a sermon by Augustine, the lion stands for Christ resurrected, the lamb for Christ’s sacrifice (“He endured death as a lamb; he devoured it as a lion.”—Augustine, Sermon 375A).
According to the Hebrew Bible, the Kingdom of Judah resulted from the break-up of the United Kingdom of Israel (1020 to about 930 BCE) after the northern tribes refused to accept Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, as their king.
The Rastafarian symbol The lion is the symbol of Rastafari. This lion represents Haile Selassie I, who is referred to as the ‘Conquering Lion of Judah’. Rastafarians ‘ dreadlocks represent the lion’s mane.
During his life, Selassie described himself as a devout Christian. In a 1967 interview, Selassie was asked about the Rasta belief that he was the Second Coming of Jesus, to which he responded: “I have heard of this idea. I also met certain Rastafarians.