The Strange Use of דגל in Song of Songs 5:10

The use of the word דגל in the Song of Songs 5:10 has caused considerable confusion among commentators. Most occurrences of the word in the Song are thought to be related to an army or host carrying banners, except in 5:10, where this usage is said to make little sense. Scholars therefore interpret...

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Main Author: Andruska, Jennifer L. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: 2018
In: Vetus Testamentum
Year: 2018, Volume: 68, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-7
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains: B Bible. Hoheslied 5,10 / Hebrew language / Verb / dgl
Further subjects: B dgl awe reverent fear physical attraction
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Summary: The use of the word דגל in the Song of Songs 5:10 has caused considerable confusion among commentators. Most occurrences of the word in the Song are thought to be related to an army or host carrying banners, except in 5:10, where this usage is said to make little sense. Scholars therefore interpret the woman’s use of דגל in 5:10 differently from when the man uses it to describe her awe-striking an unnerving appearance in 6:4 and 6:10. This has given some the impression that the lovers view each other differently. This article attempts to show that the description of דגל in 6:4 and 6:10 actually illuminates its meaning in 5:10, so that when the woman uses it to describe the physical appearance of the man, it communicates similar feelings of awe and fear, that is, an awe-striking and unnerving appearance.
ISSN: 1568-5330
DOI: 10.1163/15685330-12341307
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1163/15685330-12341307"