Learning Biblical Hebrew
3/15/10 at 05:26 PM 0 Comments

Shamir - The magical worm

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According to Hebrew Scriptures, the Shamir was a supernatural organism that had the power to cut through or disintegrate stone, iron and diamond. According to legend, the Shamir was a worm whose mere touch could cleave rocks.

The Shamir have been created at the twilight of the first Sabbath Eve during the Six Days of Creation. . (See "Ten things were created at twilight on the eve of the first Sabbath" blog).
According to the Testament of Solomon, when Solomon The king erecting the Temple, he did not know how to get the blocks of marble into shape, since, according to the law the stones of the altar cannot be hewn using metal since it is a material used to make weapons that kill.

Wise men advised the king to obtain the Shamir. The problem was that there was only one such worm in the world. Only Ashmedai, the king of the demons, knew where to find the Shamir. The king calls Ashmedai to aid in the construction of the Temple.

The Shamir was guarded in Paradise until Solomon needed it. He sent the eagle thither to fetch the worm. With the destruction of the Temple the Shamir vanished.

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew    Transcription    Translation
 תּוֹלַעַת      Tôla'at             Worm
בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ Bêt hamiqdāš Temple
שָׁמִיר          šāmîr             Shamir
מַגָּע            Maggā'           Touch
נֶעֱלַם           Ne'ĕlam        Vanished
הֲרִיסָה          hărîsāh          Destruction


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