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The Idea in Brief The plural form (maḥămaddîm) is not literary, but is to be understood in the literal sense. That is, Jewish sages over the centuries did not understand the plural form here in any literary (or abstract) sense, but in the most literal way. In this regard, the plural suffix was in reference to sweet words (plural) that emanate from the ...


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In the analysis of the books in the Thompson Chain Reference Bible - the books is described as "an Oriental Poem, the ardent expression of which can only be properly interpreted by a mature spiritual mind' It has been criticized over the years because of its amorous language. But the defenders of the book regard it as a spiritual allegory, representing the ...


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The plural noun in classical Hebrew can do other "non-number" jobs than simply the plural of "majesty". One common one is the "plural of abstraction", and that is the way maḥămaddîm is typically understood here. Waltke-O'Connor para. 7.4.2(a) further refine this as refering to qualities: Cf. Joüon-Muraoka, who explain it precisely the same way: a "plural ...


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The suffix 'im' is very common in this passage and throughout Song of Songs, as there are a lot of plurals present throughout. 'His mouth is most sweet' is also conjugated in the plural here, as are many other words throughout this section of Song of Solomon. In each case, the plural isn't about majesty but rather intensity - it helps the text to flow ...


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The Mirriam-Webster dictionary definition of poetry includes the following: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm The Old Testament books are not organized chronologically but by category. The categories are: ...


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Song is an ode or paean to King Solomon's sexual prowess from a woman's point of view. It is poetry in that it uses many metaphors and similes, romantic situations and depictions of graphic sex, lightly veiled. The woman also is idealized and romanticized.


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The Song of Solomon was classified as one of the Wisdom books by the early Church. The Orthodox Study Bible provides this introductory summary: Major Theme: Love between husband and wife. The Song of Songs is a hymn used by the Jewish people for centuries to celebrate human love at wedding feasts. The theme is symbolic of God's love for His faithful ...



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