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flaming sword

Traditionally held by the angel in the expulsion from Paradise, originally as in Genesis 3:24.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... sword traditionally held by the angel in the expulsion from Paradise, originally as in Genesis...

flaming sword

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Traditionally held by the angel in the expulsion from Paradise, originally as in Genesis 3:24.
Hebrews

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Harold W. Attridge and Harold W. Attridge

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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... Wis 18:14–16 , where the divine word is a warrior, bearing a sharp sword against the Egyptians. The comparison to a ‘two-edged sword’ is rooted in poetic comparison of the tongue to a sword ( cf. Isa 49:2; Ps 57:4 ). The word issuing from the tongue could be similarly described. The Jewish exegete and philosopher Philo exploits the image extensively, interpreting various biblical swords as symbols of the divine Logos (‘Word’ or ‘Reason’). Thus in De Cherubim , 38, he finds the ‘flaming sword’ of Gen 3:4 as the word uniting God's goodness and royal power...

Job

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James L. Crenshaw and James L. Crenshaw

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...spectacular phenomena of wind, fire, and earthquake preceding it. Whereas Job felt dread as a result of the calamities that befell him, a sleeping Eliphaz encountered it when a wind ( rûaḥ ) glided past his face. It is not stated whether or not Abram saw the smoking fire-pot and flaming torch that passed through the severed pieces and secured the covenant with a powerful promise, but Eliphaz is said to have been unable to make out the exact appearance of the deity. He does grasp the brief word that follows an eerie silence: ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than...

Genesis

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R. N. Whybray and R. N. Whybray

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...intended to be immortal. In 3:24 God takes elaborate precautions to ensure that the man and woman do not re-enter the garden. The cherubim ( cf. Ezek 10; Ps 18:10 ) are supernatural beings closely associated with God who carry out his commands, here as guardians; the flaming and turning sword reflects a Mesopotamian tradition. ( 4:1–16 ) In its present context this story is a continuation of the previous chapter, as is shown by the mention of the name Eve. However, the use of a different source is indicated by the fact that God is now called not by the...

Isaiah

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R. Coggins and R. Coggins

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...(In Isa 11:1 the word rendered ‘branch’ in NRSV is a different Heb. word.) Another theme, rare in these early chapters of the book, introduced here is that of the Exodus and the wilderness journey, evoked in v. 5 by the ‘cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night’ ( Sweeney 1988 a : 18–19 ). This forms an important link with the later part of the book. We also note in this passage a positive use of the theme of the remnant: those who are left are to be ‘recorded for life’. ( 5:1–7 ) Though the literary form is very...

Angels of Mons

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During 1915, there were strong rumours that British and French troops had been miraculously protected from the Germans during their retreat from Mons late in August 1914. The earliest allusions are ...
Flame

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...A lover or sweetheart. An ‘old flame’ is a former sweetheart. Flamers, The See under regimental and divisional nicknames . Flaming sword A sword with a wavy or flamboyant edge, used now only for state ceremonies. The dukes of Burgundy carried such swords, and they were worn in Britain until the time of William III ( 1689–1702...

Muspelheim

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...In Scandinavian mythology, the ‘Home of Brightness’ to the south of niflheim , where Surt (black smoke) ruled with his flaming sword and where dwelt the sons of Muspel the fire giant. The origin of ‘Muspel’ is...

Sword

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...two days’ engagement. Sword of Rome, The Marcellus, who opposed the Carthaginian Hannibal ( 216–214 bc ). Sword of the Spirit, The The Word of God ( Ephesians 6:17 ). Also the name of a Roman Catholic social movement founded in 1940 . Cross swords, To See under cross 1 . Draw one’s sword against, To See under draw . Fall on one’s sword, To See under fall . Flaming sword See under flame . Pen is mightier than the sword, The See under pen . Put to the sword, To To slay. Roland’s sword See under roland . Sheathe the sword, To See under sheathe...

bathos

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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...Pope named this stylistic blemish from the Greek word for ‘depth’, in his Peri Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry ( 1727 ). This example comes from Dryden ’s Annus Mirabilis ( 1667 ): The Eternal heard, and from the heavenly quire Chose out the Cherub with the flaming sword And bad him swiftly drive the approaching fire From where our naval magazines were stored. Wordsworth, Whitman, and other poets who seek to dignify humble subjects are especially vulnerable to such lapses. Adjective : bathetic...

Tree of Knowledge

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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2013
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Art & Architecture, Religion
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...of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Gen. 3: the serpent tricked Eve into disobedience, causing the Fall , and when they had both eaten of the fruit of the Tree, they knew that they had done wrong. For this, they were expelled from the Garden, and an angel with a flaming sword was set to guard the Garden, lest Adam should eat the fruit of the Tree of Life, and live forever. See also man, fall of , and serpent...

Sultana

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...and one of covered wire; the tuning was probably g–c′–e′–g′–d″. The aforementioned instrument, however, has six single strings. The sultana’s unusual body, which might have mother-of-pearl inlay at the edges, is characterized by very short, downward-pointed upper bouts and ‘flaming sword’ soundholes. The pegbox terminates in a scroll or a flat square finial. Perry’s machine tuners, also used on his English guitars, have a metal ring as the grip. ...

flame pistol

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The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

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2007

...his belt, and now his own flame gun spat a crackling emanation. 1946 R. Rocklynne Bottled Men Astounding SF (June) 84/1 He took up his flame pistol, adjusted the valves. A long smoky flame leaped out. Gull adjusted the valves again and it settled down to an inch-thick sword of flaming, violet-blue energy. 1951 F. M. Robinson Untitled Story Astounding SF (Sept.) 76/2 Lehman had a flame pistol in his hand and Hayssen promptly dropped to the ground. A beam of purple light flared through the air, cutting through the spot where he had been. 1989 W....

Beaverbrook, 1st Baron

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

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2016
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253 words

...papers notoriously reflected his own political agenda quite closely (notably on imperial Free Trade and in favour of Edward VIII during the abdication crisis). He boasted that his newspapers were run for influence, not for profit. He said that the modern press was ‘a flaming sword that will cut through any political armour’. The journalist Malcolm Muggeridge claimed that, whenever Beaverbrook felt unease at the thought of dying, his editors would commission articles proving the existence of life after death. Beaverbrook would then read the articles...

arms and armour, barbarian

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Andreas Rau

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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2018

...components (boss, handle). The only items regularly imported were Roman long swords ( spathae ), which evidently could not be matched by local blacksmiths or the available quality of ore. The arms and armour of barbarian warriors can generally be considered much lighter than contemporaneous Roman military equipment ( see arms and armour, Roman ). Until the 5th century, Germanic armour only occasionally made use of helmets, mail coats, or other heavy body protection. Catapults, flaming arrows, and artillery were originally not used by barbarian warriors....

Gatka

Gatka (literally ‘mace-wielder’, from gada, ‘mace’)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre

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2011
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Performing arts, Theatre
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657 words

...scene. In the similar safajung dhal (‘plain war shield’), an axe-shaped weapon replaces the stick. In another exercise, one ‘warrior’ fights four or five persons with swords and shields. Alternately, they attack him with stones and he defends himself using shield and sword. The climax of the exercises occurs when a blindfolded warrior applies kohl to his partner's eye with a sharp-edged sword, while nagara s build to a crescendo, leaving the audience astounded. The training of a Gatka exponent begins with the Fateh nama . The long sticks used for training...

Elijah

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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...at Auxerre in the 6th c., and not until the fervour of the 16th-c. Carmelites did he attain a true veneration. Artists celebrated him in the Transfiguration , selecting significant attributes: the raven that fed him in the desert , the wheel of the fiery chariot, the flaming sword of Mount Carmel…; they exploited his typological affinities with John the Baptist , by clothing him in a hair tunic, and especially with Christ : the raising of the son of the widow of Zarephath is rarely absent from typological versions of the Passion . Elijah . Detail...

fusiliers

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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2004

...in English—came to mean a light flintlock musket of the sort carried by sergeants and company officers, regiments of fusiliers maintained their slightly élite status by amassing dress distinctions which made them sartorially akin to grenadiers. They adopted the badge of the flaming grenade or ‘fired bomb’ and the tall ‘mitre’ cap, originally in cloth but by the mid-18th century usually in bearskin with a metal frontal plate, and decorated their headdress with the white plume of the grenadiers. Fusilier regiments existed in the armies of all European...

contemporary

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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...C4. ( Contemporary could be momentarily misread as referring to styles flourishing in medieval and Renaissance times.) • “Fantasy fiction . . . is medieval in atmosphere, 19th-century in its concerns, contemporary [read current ] in its manners.” Edward Rothstein , “Flaming Swords and Wizards’ Orbs,” N.Y. Times , 8 Dec. 1996 , § 7, at 60. ( Contemporary might be read as referring to the 19th century.) • “Italian art, too, has enjoyed a renaissance—in appreciation for the old masters and for contemporary [read today’s ] artists.” Helen Forsberg...

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