The Star of David has a special meaning in Hebrew. In Hebrew, it is known as Megen David or the Shield of David. Currently, the symbol is globally accepted as modern Jewish identification and Judaism. Typically, you will find the star in a Hexagram shape, which remains the combination of two equal triangles. Unlike the lulav, the shofar, the Lion of Judah and the menorah, the Star of David was not a special Jewish symbol. Among the Jewish settlements of Eastern Europe the symbol started to proliferate during the 19th century. It is uniquely used among the Jewish societies in the Pale of Settlement. One hidden value of the star is to imitate or envision the importance of the Christian cross. The earliest Jewish usage of the sign emanated from ancient Arabic literature written by Kabbalists for use in talismanic security amulets and practically seen as the Seal of Solomon.
In early times, the sign was utilized in Christian worship places as a decorative motif several centuries prior to its premier use in a Jewish synagogue. The official use in Jewish settlements was primarily known only to the region of today’s Austria, Czech Republic and some parts of Southern Germany prior to the 19th century. The symbol triumph after several years to become the representation of the global Zionist community. The broader Jewish community later approved the sign as the general symbol on their flag in 1897 at the First Zionist Congress. The identification or representation of the Shield of David or Star of David with the hexagram design dates back to the seventeenth century. The phrase Megen Davis is as well used in the Siddur as a representation of the God of Israel.
Since antiquity, the hexagram often appears not frequently in Jewish contexts, apparently as a design motif. For instance, in Israel, there’s a stone or rock carrying a hexagram design from the arch of a 3rd-4th-century worship place in the Galilee. Typically, the hexagram shape might have been used as an architectural item on synagogues. You can find it is places like the Marktkirche at Hanover, cathedrals of Stendal and Brandenburg. At Tell Hum, a pentagram of this nature is found in an ancient synagogue. In synagogues, the symbol is related to the mezuzah. The use of the sign in the Jewish societies may occur as early as in the eleventh century. It was used as the design of the carpet content of the well-known Tanakh manuscript, the Leningrad Codex reads 1008.
The sign also illuminates an ancient Tanakh manuscript dated 1307 that belongs to Rabbi Yosef bar Yehuda ben Marvas held in Toledo, Spain. The Turcomans who lived and reigned in Anatolia around the thirteenth century inherited the symbol from the Seljuk Turks. As early as the year 1200, Islamic coins from the occupation of Khalif Nasreddin Mahmoud bin Mohammad after the Turkish influence displayed the Star of David on one side and a double-headed eagle on the other corner. Above all, the symbol is strongly associated with the freedom of the Jewish people as noticed in Israel’s 1948 Independence Day.
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