[b-hebrew] collecting myrrh and honey
yaakov_s at rad.com
Wed Oct 17 01:14:20 EDT 2007
Thanks for your enlightening explanations.
I guess the time has come to explain why this word is of interest to me.
My idea has to do with the story in Judges 14 of Samson and
the lion with the honeycomb.
Samson poses a riddle to the Phillistines
from the devourer food comes out, and from the strong sweet emanates
but the riddle is seemingly impossible to figure out.
The classical Jewish commentators claim that Samson expected
his hosts to come and greet them, and thus they should have seen the
But this is obviously a forced explanation.
I had an idea about this. A riddle should be a play on words that the
person could figure out. There should be a single word with more than
In this case the association was triggered by Samson's seeing the lion
My idea is that if )RH truly means "to collect a liquid", then possibly
there was a noun )RY meaning "honeycomb" - perhaps along with Y(R -
or more likely some vessel to collect honey.
Assuming this, the play on words is obvious. )RY means both "lion"
and this "collection vessel" or honeycomb. The Phillistines should
have realized that there was a word that meant both "the strong, the
and "the sweet, food".
Unfortunately, the Phillistines couldn't figure it out, and had to
with Samsons hepher.
However much I would like to make this riddle reasonable,
I need more evidence ergarding the root )RH before taking this idea
Yaakov (J) Stein
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