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Teresa Luczak wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can snow be a sign of purification and, if so, where is it in the Bible?

Teresa L.

  { Can snow be a sign of purification and, if so, where is it in the Bible? }

Eric replied:


Snow, as precipitation, is not so much a sign of purification, but fallen snow, by virtue of its color, is in the Bible, a symbol of purity and righteousness.

  • For example, in the Transfiguration, Jesus's clothing is said to be as white as snow.
    (Matthew 28:3).
  • In Revelation 1:14 it says of Jesus, His Head and His Hair were white as white wool, white as snow.
  • Isaiah 1:18 (RSV2CE) is another example: Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
  • Daniel 7:9 (RSV2CE) says, As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was ancient of days took his seat; His clothing was white as snow, and the Hair of His Head like pure wool.
  • However, snow is also a sign of impurity, in virtue of its association with leprosy.
    (See Exodus 4:6, Numbers 12:10, 2 Kings 5:27).

    Note: Bible passages may not match the proper translation.

So saying something like Gee, it's snowing; God must be purifying the land — would not really be consistent with biblical images, but if you were to say, After I go to Confession, I feel as pure as the driven snow. — that would be more consistent.


Teresa replied:

Thank you!

I loved the Scripture references and I totally understand your response.

You have answered my question.

God Bless you all,


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