Friday, April 29, 2022

Love, breasts, or wine?

DR. RABBI ZEV FARBER: What Is Better than Wine? (
Song of Songs opens with: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for דֹּדֶיךָ (MT “your loving”) or mastoi sou (LXX “your breasts”) are better than wine.” Why does the LXX translate this way and which version is correct?
Whatever the primary sense of the verse, the writer of the Song of Songs was surely aware of both meanings of the unvocalized word.

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