From the Douay Rheims:
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And David and Jonathan made a covenant, for be loved him as his own soul.
From the NAB, Revised Edition:
By the time David finished speaking with Saul, Jonathan’s life became bound up with David’s life; he loved him as his very self. Jonathan and David made a covenant, because Jonathan loved him as his very self.
- What is the correct and appropriate interpretation of this passage?
- What does it mean when one's "life/soul became bound/knit up" with another's, especially in this context (they are two men; if it was one man and one woman, one might understand it as marriage, right?)?
- Does "loved him as his very self/soul" meant "agape" love?
- Is this "covenant" applicable in today's times (and links to articles where I can read applications of this)?
And if this is the correct area of CAF to post these questions?
Thanks a bunch :)