By Jill M. Munro
Liminal moments in biblical narrative are moments of transition and alter, that are ordinarily fraught with ambivalence. Such new beginnings enshrine either desire and doubt for the long run, as within the account of the rebuilding of lifestyles after the Flood (Genesis 9). during this sophisticated research, Stahl observes how usually one portion of those liminal moments is legislations, providing because it does balance and order in a chaotic global but in addition resonating with the ambiguities inherent within the narrative background. within the Bible, legislations in addition to narrative is multi-voiced.
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The word used to describe Tamar's veil is sa'ip, from the verb s'p, 'to fold', 'to double'. This would suggest that the veil consisted of two parts, leaving room for the eyes. It is this word too which describes Rachel's veil (Gen. 65). This is not the vocabulary of the Song. 7-8, however, the urgency of the woman's search for her lover is perhaps enough to suggest that the participle 'ofyd, literally 'as one wrapped', might allude to harlotry (Delitzsch 1875: 10). Must she also go to such lengths to receive his attention?
4). She, on the other hand, conceives of their love differently. 2). It is to this difference between the lovers that her veil relates. She remains for him mysteriously hidden, wondrously inaccessible, inviting him to discover someone who is at once familiar and strangely unknown. It is no coincidence that the first reference to her veil is associated with her eyes. 1). 1, is extremely terse yet it is laden with allusion. 14cd). 21 On each occasion the veil masks the woman's cheeks22 which are rosy 21.
Similarly, the parallel with a dancer at an army camp in 7. led suggests that the 'we' of 7. Ib refers to a male chorus. 48 Spikenard and Saffron death itself. 8-9), the daughters of Jerusalem are perhaps those who will next experience love's transforming power. So wonderful and so terrible an experience is it, warns the woman of the Song, that they should not be tempted to court love aforetime. Oils, Scents and Spices The ancient linguistic association of fragrance, breath and life in the Old Testament, is perhaps the reason why fragrance was chosen in ancient Israel as the medium by means of which to designate kings and to praise God.