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Bible Q

Was there a physical dove at Jesus’ baptism?

All the gospels say that the Spirit of God descended “like a dove”. For example,

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. (Matthew 3:16)

and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. (Luke 3:22

So there is no suggestion that there was a real bird there. Rather, the appearance of the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus somehow resembled a dove.

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