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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Greek word: μελι

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Abarim Publications' online Biblical Greek Dictionary

μελι  μελισσα

The noun μελι (meli) means honey and the related noun μελισσα (melissa) means honey bee (hence the extra biblical name Melissa). These words are ancient and are similar to words with the same meaning in Sanskrit and Slavic (modern Russian for honey is med or milaya).

The word μελι (meli), meaning honey, occurs four times in the New Testament. In Matthew 3:4 and Mark 1:6 it describes a staple food of John the Baptist, and in Revelation 10:9-10 the taste of the little book in the hand of the angel.

The noun μελισσα (melissa) itself doesn't occur in the Bible, but older versions of the Bible speak of μελισσιος (melissios), meaning of bees (that is honey comb) as part of the meal that the disciples gave to the risen Christ (Luke 24:42 only). Many modern scholars feel that this Lukan reference to the honeycomb a later gloss and most recent translations leave it out.

Note that the Hebrew word for bee is דבורה (deborah, hence the name Deborah), which comes from the verb דבר (dabar), meaning to speak or pronounce, and is the feminine version of the masculine noun דבר (dabar), meaning Word (as in the term Word of God), which in Greek would correspond with the name Logos.

Honey is thus a clear symbol for the literary arts.


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