Black and White
jwest at Highland.Net
Mon Feb 1 07:42:54 EST 1999
At 12:17 PM 2/1/99 +0000, you wrote:
>A friend on another list posed the following question. I do not have an
>answer; does anyone have any thoughts on this?
>"A question for the Hebrew literate. We have the expression in English that
>things are "black and white" using the opposition between the colors as
>indicative of the separation of two other concepts. Is there any idiom used
>in Biblical Hebrew that conveys that same meaning?"
The phrase "good and evil" (tov wera) may well approximate this. There are
other merisms that may as well... "heaven and earth" (shamayim wearetz)
comes to mind.
Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology
jwest at highland.net
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