St. Joseph Stepping On Book

A friend of mine works for Autom Religious Goods.  They sold a statue of St. Joseph stepping on a book.  The woman who purchased the statue is asking her what that signifies.  ND154_215_435

I have no idea, but possibly one of you educated traditional Catholics knows what it signifies.  My guess it that it symbolizes that St. Joseph comes out of the Old Testament and completes the Old Testament.  It may have something to do with the Tree of Jesse.

If anyone knows please leave a comment.

5 Replies to “St. Joseph Stepping On Book”

  1. Perhaps a reference to Psalm 70: “os meum narrabit iustitiam tuam tota die salutare tuum quia non cognovi litteraturas” “My mouth will tell your justice the whole day; your salvation, for I have not known learning [literally, letters, understood as human understanding]”

  2. As a Catholic born in Padua (ITALY), I immediately recognize St. Anthony from Padua, always represented with a lily, baby Jesus in her arms and a book at his feet.
    The book refers to the wisdom of St. Anthony.

  3. It seems to me that he is saying that the Virgin Birth, signified by the Lilies, was prophesied in the old testament, and therefore St. Joseph believed in Mary’s purity and the importance of her role in fulfilling God’s will, so he holds the child with honor.

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