Meaning of the Christian Fish Symbol
Did Christians adopt this sign from Paganism?
The Christian Fish Symbol (also called ‘The Jesus Fish’)
The Christian fish symbol is usually just two simple curved lines. Modern looking and sleek, often seen on car bumpers, it gives many people the impression that it’s a new symbol. In fact, its history goes back even further than the cross as a symbol used by Christians.
As early as the second century Titus Flavius Clemens (St. Clement of Alexandria), suggested that Christians identify themselves with a seal engraved with a fish or dove (Paedagogus, III, xi. See also Dove Cross.) Even before that time, inscriptions on monuments2 suggest that the fish symbol was familiar to Christians.