[b-hebrew] Re: Proverbs 30:19
deborahmillier at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 1 22:15:40 EDT 2003
I had written:
>> Me-thinks that if you call to mind the action of
>> gliding-type undulation you will see that the
>> parallelism fits just fine--even employing the
>> standard understanding of ALMAH.
To which D. Washburn replied:
> Perhaps I'm a little slow, but I
> don't see the need for such an
> explicit parallelism in this passage.
> ISTM that the writer is simply
> describing some things he doesn't
> understand, as the previous verse
> says. How does an eagle soar? How
> does a snake slither? How does a
> ship slice through the waves?
> How is it that people fall in love?
> I hardly think that the "gliding-type
> undulation" referred to above would
> qualify as something beyond his
> understanding, but matters of the
> heart very well might.
Well, I think it comes down to the matter of a common
denominator between all the mentioned scenarios. I
suppose the author had stared in wonder on many
occasions at eagles on wing, snakes making their ways
across rocks, ships moving through the waves...and
they all have in common a smooth rhythmic motion. Now
I don't think our guy is clueless about the "birds and
the bees," I actually think he is *in awe* of the
whole deal. That's what I think Dave, but...if it
seems too explicit an interpretation for you, please,
by all means, stick with yours. Me, I kind of like
watching flying birds, undulating snakes, ships
rocking back 'n forth, ...and... ;-)
-- Michael Millier
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