Palm (φοῖνιξ) in Septuagint’s Job.

This mention of a palm tree seems to appear in the Septuagint version of the Book of Job, not the Masoretic text. The idea is of a life that is as long as a palm tree is tall, Job 29:18:

“And I said, My age shall continue as the stem of a palm-tree; I shall live a long while.”

KJV Job 29:18 –with some serious hysteron proteron going on– has:

“Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.”

I like the palm tree as an image of a benign longevity, not just the height but the slender pliancy of the palm contributing to the image — (quite unlike the oak of War & Peace, to make a far flung reference, another tree associated with old age).

Reminds also a little of the Odyssey’s Delian palm, there the palm sapling associated with youth.

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