Jude 12b Illustrating φθινόπωρον, φθινοπωρινός

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Jude 12b Illustrating φθινόπωρον, φθινοπωρινός

Post by Stephen Hughes » August 18th, 2015, 12:10 pm

Eeli Kaikkonen wrote:For me ideal would be to have several pictures of one thing in different contexts. For example: sundial (clock in sunlight) - clock on a wall - maybe a watch in a wrist?. A dead fish, fish in a pond, fish in a small river, one fish/many fishes, fish being caught by fishermen, fishes are swimming. Their would be one headword repeated in every picture and then other related words. It would be easy to guess the headword, the other related words would be more for fun or looking up for in a dictionary if one wants to. Or you could give glosses.
Used just once in the New Testament ὀπώρα is the time of year marked by the harvest of summer fruits - "late summer", "early autumn" - similar to how we might say "harvest" with the meaning of the period of time, or of the crop itself, ὀπώρα is used of the fruit both in Revelations (and in Ἱερεμίας).
Revelations 18:14 wrote:Καὶ ἡ ὀπώρα τῆς ἐπιθυμίας τῆς ψυχῆς σου ἀπῆλθεν ἀπὸ σοῦ,
Not used by itself in the New Testament, φθί(ν)ειν means "waste away", "come to an end", "perish".

I think it would be a challenge to illustrate either the noun τό φθινόπωρον (not used in the New Testament, but perhaps easier to illustrate than the adjective) or the adjective (used in the New Testament) φθινοπωρινός. φθινοπωρινός is a regular word in Greek, not a neologism thought up by Jude, but in the one New Testament usage, Jude is apparently evoking a feeling of the waning or withering, rather than just a reference to the time of year.
Jude 12b wrote:δένδρα φθινοπωρινά, ἄκαρπα, δὶς ἀποθανόντα, ἐκριζωθέντα·
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Does anyone have ideas on how to use a series of images, or a few series of images to illustrate the feeling of the transition from the harvest of plenty to the waning and decay of when the harvest is no longer bountiful, and the seasonally undernourished state of the trees, and they way that they are subsequently dealt with. Those are perhaps "related words" according to Eeli's words quoted.
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(Menander, Γνῶμαι μονόστιχοι 108)

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