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Is a gentilic suffix normally used on non- place names (a la NET)? Yes, it's pretty common. So called gentilic suffixes in Hebrew indicate affiliation, not necessarily affiliation with a place. Is it reasonable to posit that the beloved may indeed be from Shunem/Shulem? It's definitely a possibility. One problem with the gentilic interpretation ...


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According to Ibn Ezra it means a flame of God fire of a great flame: coals of a strong fire that comes from the force of the flame of Gehinnom. The cantillation symbol of the zakef gadol, which punctuates רִשְּׁפֵּי (coals of) teaches us about the word אֵשּׁ (fire) that it is connected to שַּׁלְהֶבֶתיָהּ, meaning fire of a great flame, [or a flame of ...


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This book is also called Song of Solomon, isn't it?? Perhaps Solomon wrote it about one of his 900 wives or 400ish concubines. So, it is possible that this passage does refer to a beautiful woman who is dark in skin color who wasn't a Jew. It is also possible that this passage IS refering to a beautiful Jewish woman who has dark skin. In every race ...


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The context (see verse 6) justifies translating the v' as "but." Furthermore, it clearly demonstrates that she is not actually black but simply very darkly tanned. Do not stare at me because I am swarthy [i.e. dark], For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care ...



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