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Headword: Ἐξέλιπε φυσητήρ, ἐξέλιπε μόλιβδος
Adler number: epsilon,1618
Translated headword: the blower gave out (and) the lead gave out
Vetting Status: high
A blower [is] both the instrument into which the one using it blows and the person handling the instrument. They burn lead along with the silver, so that as it burns together it evaporates and takes up the impurity into itself.[1]
Greek Original:
Ἐξέλιπε φυσητήρ, ἐξέλιπε μόλιβδος: φυσητὴρ καὶ τὸ ὄργανον, ᾧ ἐμφυσᾷ ὁ χρώμενος, καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ τὸ ὄργανον μεταχειριζόμενος. συγκαίουσι δὲ τῷ ἀργύρῳ μόλιβδον, ἵνα συγκαιόμενος ἀνιμᾶται καὶ ἀναλαμβάνῃ εἰς αὐτὸν τὸ νόθον.
The headword phrase is a light abridgment of Jeremiah 6:29 LXX (omitting the phrase ἀπὸ πυρός from the first clause); it is frequently quoted by church fathers including Gregory of Nazianzus PG 35.948.35, from the scholia to which the body of the entry is derived.
For the verb here, ἐκλείπω , cf. epsilon 464, epsilon 465.
[1] Silver was (and is) regularly separated from its context, silver-bearing lead ore, by such a process.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 1 March 2007@04:11:51.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 1 March 2007@08:29:34.
David Whitehead (x-refs; tweaks) on 15 March 2011@12:06:17.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 September 2012@05:54:41.
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