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Headword: *spiqamh/
Adler number: sigma,941
Translated headword: hand-span
Vetting Status: high
"The prophetic text used the word figuratively in reference to God, because he holds creation together, and encompassing it with his grasp he brings everything into order and arrangement, having assigned symmetry to mountains and limits [to waters] and to all things in the cosmos their own order. He who encompasses the entirety of heaven with a small part of his own entire power, which the text figuratively called 'hand-span'."
Greek Original:
*spiqamh/: tropikw=s e)pi\ tou= qeou= o( profhtiko\s lo/gos w)no/masen, o(/ti sune/xei th\n kti/sin, kai\ peridedragme/nos au)th=s ei)s ta/cin a(/panta kai\ diako/smhsin a)/gei, kai\ o)/resin i)sorropi/an kai\ me/tra, pa=si toi=s e)n tw=| ko/smw| th\n oi)kei/an ta/cin a)poklhrw/sas. o( to\n ou)rano\n o(/lon mikrw=| me/rei th=s o(/lhs au)tou= duna/mews perie/xwn: h(\n spiqamh\n tropikw=s o( lo/gos w)no/mase.
Derived with minor modifications from Basil of Caesarea, On the Holy Spirit 5.7 (PG 32.80c); hence also Catena in epistulam ad Romanos (typus Monacensis) 428. 'The prophetic text' referred to is Isaiah 40:12 LXX, where the present headword -- nominative singular, probably a generic lexical reference -- appears in the dative singular.
For this term see also sigma 942; and cf. under (e.g.) alpha 518, gamma 367, delta 1434, pi 63.
Keywords: Christianity; definition; geography; imagery; mathematics; philosophy; religion; science and technology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: William Hutton on 18 March 2014@10:04:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; cosmetics; raised status) on 18 March 2014@10:33:22.
David Whitehead (coding) on 26 May 2016@06:54:14.


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