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Headword: *morfh/
Adler number: mu,1267
Translated headword: shape, form, figure
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] form, idea, aspect.[1]
Shape [morfh/] and form [ei)=dos] are the same thing. [2] And while [the word] shape [morfh/] [is applied] to animate things, [the word] figure [sxh=ma] [is applied] to inanimate things.[3]
What is the difference between shape and figure? The Apostle [says]: “and was made in the likeness [sxh=ma] of man”.[4]
Greek Original:
*morfh/: ei)=dos, i)de/a, pro/soyis. *morfh\ kai\ ei)=dos tau)to/n e)sti. kai\ morfh\ me\n e)pi\ e)myu/xwn, sxh=ma de\ e)pi\ a)yu/xwn. ti\ diafe/rei morfh\ sxh/matos: o( de\ *)apo/stolos: kai\ sxh/mati eu(reqei\s w(s a)/nqrwpos.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu541 Theodoridis.
[2] See epsiloniota 23, epsiloniota 40.
[3] This distinction, common in patristic writers, is first attested (several times) in John Philoponus' Commentaries on Aristotle's Categories, esp. 13.1.137. The quotation which follows here, however, applies sxh=ma to a human form.
[4] Philippians 2.7 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: Christianity; definition; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 13 November 2004@02:14:26.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 13 November 2004@12:01:34.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 28 March 2011@10:20:30.
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