This gentle and easily scared bird, first mentioned in the account of Noah’s ark, is a symbol of purity and innocence, and typifies the Holy Spirit who, in the form of a dove, descended on Jesus at His baptism (Gen 8:8-12; SOS 5:2, 6:9; Lk 3:21,22).

Doves were used extensively for OT sacrifices (Lev 1:14).

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