Forms of Deformity
A vigorous imagination is the principal source for many of the abnormalities of fictional characters. Many of the motifs also bear some relation to the rituals and religious symbols embraced by the people among whom they are or were at one time, current. Another important source can be found in symbolism of a religious or social kind. This motif-index is the first to present and analyse this material in biblical narrative and post-biblical literature down to the twelfth century CE; it lists all possible abnormalities, deformities and disabilities, arranged according to the parts of the body affected and the type of deformity, sums up the narrative and gives the explicit or implicit reason for its appearance.
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Abimelech Abnormality Abraham Adam Adam’s Amorites angel Antichrist Antiochus Epiphanes Apoc Asen Balaam becomes Bigthan blind blood body bones born circumcised calf Cant cherubim circumcised cubits cubits tall deformity or disability demon descendants Deut disease dragon Egypt Egyptians Elij Elijah emits Enoch Esau eunuchs Exod Eye(s Ezek Ezra face feet fiery fingers fire flames flesh Foot/Feet forehead full of eyes giant God’s hairy Hand(s hands head horns human Isaac Israel Israelites Jacob Jerusalem Joseph Judah Keteb killed king LAE Apoc LAE Vita leprosy leprous lightning lion Macc Metatron Moses motifs mouth Mutilated Nebuchadnezzar ophanim Paralysis or Malfunction parasangs Peculiarity of Skin Philistines plague of Egypt Ps-Philo punishment reference in sources result rising morning star Sammael serpent seven heavens shines Solomon Soperi-el symbol teeth tongue Tooth/Teeth torches transformed Unusual Substance wings wounded XII Patr Yahweh Zedekiah