Monday, May 30, 2022
Bible & Archaeology (University of Iowa)

You probably had one as a child; a kaleidoscope is an optical instrument that creates beautiful shapes and patterns through reflection. The word combines three Greek words: kalos (καλός), meaning "beautiful," eidos (εἶδος), meaning "shape," and skopos (σκοπός), meaning either "watcher" or "thing looked at." So a kaleidoscope is, literally, beautiful shapes to look at.