[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Vol 96, Issue 16

Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. nir at ccet.ufrn.br
Wed Dec 15 10:32:26 EST 2010

Re: HAMELEK, songs 1:12

1. there is plenty of allusion to jerusalem, the king's harem, 
and specifically to the words MELEK and SHLOMO in the song of 
songs, to exclude more far-fetched explanations.

HAMELEK BIMSIBO is one unit: the king reclined/sitting etc. the 
alternative explanation would leave BIMSIBO out of context.

NIRDI is not NERD, it is  MY NERD.

THUS, i read (song 1:) 12-14 as one unit, in which each sentence equates 
the king/lover, being in close association WITH the loved one, to a luxury
object. from this perspective, the phrase should be translated as follows: 
  "the king, consorting WITH ME, being (figuratively speaking) MY 
nerd plant/perfume, was (as) refreshing. 

nir cohen

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