Song of Songs (gender question)

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Song of Songs (gender question)

Post by LyleBright » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:05 pm

Inveni quem diligit anima mea

Is spoken by a woman to a man.

Is it correct to say:

Inveni quis diligit anima mea

If such would be spoken by a man to a woman?

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Re: Song of Songs (gender question)

Post by mwh » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:17 pm

The feminine equivalent of quem is quam. “I have found whom my soul loves”—quem if a male, quam if a female. As far as the Latin goes, the speaker could be either female or male.

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