recoiling with abhorrence

Ocham

Senior Member
Japanese
I have a very very complicated sentence here. I'm sorry I have
no more context.


The altar was always to be regarded as holy, so holy that nothing
was to be visible there which might not properly have been so if it
had been a living creature of perfect holiness, and therefore recoiling
with abhorrence from everything impure.


I understand the general meaning of this, but I am not sure of one thing:
What is recoiling from everything impure? The altar?
 
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  • Elwintee

    Senior Member
    England English
    I have a very very complicated sentence here. I'm sorry I have
    no more context.


    The altar was always to be regarded as holy, so holy that nothing
    was to be visible there which might not properly have been so if it
    had been a living creature of perfect holiness, and therefore recoiling
    with abhorrence from everything impure.


    I understand the general meaning of this, but I am not sure of one thing:
    What is recoiling from everything impure? The altar?
    The altar is metaphorically likened to a living creature, and that supposed living creature is what is 'recoiling' from impurity.
    By the way, you have misspelled 'altar' in your threadline, and that would impede people searching for the word. :)
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Here's the context, Ocham:)

    "Recoiling" does refer to the altar, which is being compared to a living creature.


    EDIT: I see that Elwintee and I see things slightly differently. It comes down to the same thing in the end, though;-)
     
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