Art, symbolism

Unpacking the Lion’s Share…

Strength (Tarot card) - Wikipedia

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‘It is the strongest of all powers,

the force of all forces.

It overcomes every subtle thing,

and penetrates every solid substance.’

Emerald Tablet

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The glosses in the biblical text make it clear

that this tale has been ‘recommissioned’ for use in the canon.

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It is also clear from the related marriage customs which set-up the riddle

that the Philistines were a matriarchal community.

A bride-price is demanded rather than a dowry offered.

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Most weird of all, perhaps, is the riddling episode itself.

It is the only example of an overt riddling sequence in the Old Dispensation.

And it is ‘all wrong’…

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