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Headword: Morphê
Adler number: mu,1267
Translated headword: shape, form, figure
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] form, idea, aspect.[1]
Shape [morfh/] and form [ei)=dos] is 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:
Morphê: eidos, idea, prosopsis. Morphê kai eidos tauton esti. kai morphê men epi empsuchôn, schêma de epi apsuchôn. ti diapherei morphê schêmatos: ho de Apostolos: kai schêmati heuretheis hôs anthrôpos.
[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.
[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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