By Jill M. Munro
Liminal moments in biblical narrative are moments of transition and alter, that are usually fraught with ambivalence. Such new beginnings enshrine either wish and doubt for the longer term, as within the account of the rebuilding of existence after the Flood (Genesis 9). during this sophisticated research, Stahl observes how usually one component to those liminal moments is legislation, delivering because it does balance and order in a chaotic international but in addition resonating with the ambiguities inherent within the narrative historical past. within the Bible, legislation in addition to narrative is multi-voiced.
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AV, RSV and JB translat the noun by 'ensign' or 'banner' on the grounds that the link between Akkadian root and the military unit of the versions was the banner or ensign by means of which the unit could be identified. The reference in Ps. 6 is to a banner—and not a military unit—that is raised. 1. Courtly Imagery 37 Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks have the sheen of purple; a king is caught in their movement. Thus far, the image of kingship has been applied to the male lover as a way of conveying her admiration.
It describes the way in which the woman makes her lover feel like a prince, someone marked for all kinds of privileges. 6 Male Chorus Come back, come back, O Shulamite come back, come back, that we may gaze on you. 18 31 How graceful are your sandalled feet, O prince's daughter! The curves of your thighs are like ornaments, the work of a skilled hand. Your navel is a rounded bowl, may it never lack spiced wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled by water-lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twin fawns of a gazelle.
This is brought about under the cover of a pastoral scene which simply transposes the language of eating and drinking to its pastoral correlate, the language of feeding or grazing. Normally, one would not let myrrh, imported at great cost from Arabia and India, simply drip (ntp), for myrrh was a highly valued commodity, and, among other things,18 a component of holy oil (Exod. 23-25). The image of dripping myrrh is therefore one of gratuitous abundance. It describes a love which can no longer be contained.