65 Androecium merism
(0) trimerous, (1) dimerous, (2) polymerous.
This is evident in the merism "heaven and earth" (Gen.
It should be "merism," although technically a merism is a contrasting pair meant to include everything in between.
He nevertheless explains various literary techniques that even some long-time Bible readers may not be familiar with, such as merism
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Whereas the presumed source employs two asyndetic synonyms to prohibit "altering, changing" the word of Esarhaddon (tenndni tusannani), the authors of Deuter-onomy select two antonyms so as to create a merism
It is an expression known as a "merism
," wherein oppositional terms are jointly employed to form a totality.
See also Genesis 14:19, 22 (where the Hebrew word for "Creator" [koneh] also means "Possessor," and where "heaven and earth" is a merism
for those and everything in between) and Psalms 104:24, where the same word is used with the same meaning.
Its source is the clause l,181,7d yamann dyaman chrnutam havam me "On the course, not on the course, hear my call," where yaman is a legitimate locative but ayaman has simply been built to yaman to produce a spatial merism
: "Hear my call wherever you are." ayaman is therefore not a word 'non-course' in the locative but rather a "nominative singular" a-yaman 'not on the course' of a privative decasuative derivative of the locative yaman 'on the course', hence a quasi non-ablauting consonant stem acting like a root noun.
To my mind, the merism
daeuuaisca xrafstrais masiiaisca recalls the Vedic phrase attested at RV 8.93.11: na devo nadhrigur janah, "neither a god nor an adhrigu man." On the one hand, the Avestan passage shows that Zarathustra, identifying himself as a drigu, seeks the protection of Ahura Mazda from the two kinds of ferocious enemies, daevas and humans.