Date: Sun Feb 24 2002 - 21:42:20 EST
In a message dated 2/24/2002 8:36:32 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>Does anyone know what DIAPAZW might mean? I've had no luck finding the word
>in the standard dictionaries, though I do not have Lampe on hand. Here is
>the context from a fourth-century patristic text on spiritual warfare:
>hOSTIS [sc.hO DAIMWN] MALISTA TAIS TOIAUTAIS EFALLETAI >KATASTASESI KAI DIKHN
>KUNOS KAQAPER VEBRON THN YUCHN DIAPAZEI.
>"This demon springs upon states [of mind/soul] such as these in particular,
>and, like a dog, ??? the soul as if it were a young deer."
I tried checking this with Perseus' Morphological Analysis tool. It came up
with AZW and 2 preverbs - DIA and APO. Perseus was unable to find any
instance of this word. There were 2 roots for AZW. Neither seemed
I had a thought concerning this. Is it just possible that you have omitted a
letter? Could the word not be DIAPAZEI but DIARPAZEI? This would make
perfectly good sense. Your passage would then read
"This demon springs upon states [of mind/soul] such as these in particular,
and, like a dog, TEARS IN PIECES the soul as if it were a young deer."
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