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Headword: Πτέρυγες περιστερᾶς
Adler number: pi,3016
Translated headword: wings of a dove
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"[Meaning] the gifts of the spirit. [David says that] while its wings are cased in silver, the back is decorated with gold. For the former simpler and whiter for the simpler; the latter more profound for those more initiated. 'For my mysteries for me and mine.'[1]"
Greek Original:
Πτέρυγες περιστερᾶς: αἱ τοῦ πνεύματος δωρεαί. ταύτης δὲ τὰς μὲν πτέρυγας περιηργυρῶσθαι, τὰ δὲ μετάφρενα κεκοσμῆσθαι χρυσίῳ. τὰ μὲν γὰρ ἁπλούστερα καὶ λευκότερα τοῖς ἁπλουστέροις, τὰ δὲ βαθύτερα τοῖς ἐντελεστέροις. τὰ γὰρ μυστήριά μου ἐμοὶ καὶ τοῖς ἐμοῖς.
Notes:
A paraphrase of Theodoret's commentary on Psalm 67:14 LXX (PG 80.1384), where the headword phrase occurs. The image of the dove made of two metals is often interpreted in early Christian commentary as an allegory for the Old and New Testaments and/or for beginning and advanced stages of spiritual development.
[1] A phrase that Theodoret elsewhere (PG 80.1041) attributes to the prophet Isaiah; it does not occur in the standard text but, as Adler notes, does occur in Theodotion's version of Isaiah 24.16. (Also, Eusebius reports τὸ μυστήριόν μου ἐμοί as from the version of Symmachus.)
Keywords: art history; Christianity; definition; economics; imagery; poetry; proverbs; religion; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 2 October 2013@22:35:34.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (expanded note, set status) on 3 October 2013@00:10:45.
David Whitehead (expanded n.2; cosmetics) on 3 October 2013@03:32:41.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2013@10:05:00.
David Whitehead (codings) on 25 May 2016@04:05:56.

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