The Song of Songs: Being a Collection of Love Lyrics of Ancient Palestine

The Song of Songs: Being a Collection of Love Lyrics of Ancient Palestine

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The Song of Songs: Being a Collection of Love Lyrics of Ancient Palestine

The Song of Songs: Being a Collection of Love Lyrics of Ancient Palestine

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The Song of Songs is one of the smallest books of the Old Testament. It consists in the conventional subdivision of the text of eight chapters with a total of only 117 verses. And yet this little book has been the subject of more controversy than perhaps any other production of similar size. There are almost as many theories about its origin and its nature as there have been commentators who have attempted to explain it, from the Rabbis in the Talmud on the one hand and from Origen in the third century of our era on the other, down through the Middle Ages to our own days. There has generally been a sharp cleavage between Jewish exegetes and Christian theologians in the interpretation of the book, though occasionally in each camp a scholar arose who freed himself from the besetting sin of Biblical exegesis at all times to read into the text instead of to read out of it. If we look a little closer, we will find that a number of assumptions in connection with the book have proved to be stumbling blocks in the way of a correct interpretation, such as the supposed Solomonic authorship of the book, the assumption that it is a literary unit, the supposition that Solomon enters into the book as a participant, the belief that there is a hidden meaning running throughout it, or that from . . .

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