Song of Songs (Old Testament Library Series)
The Song of Songs remains one of the most elusive texts of the Hebrew Bible. In this commentary, Exum treats the Song as an exemplar of Hebrew poetry within the context of ancient Near Eastern love poetry. With close attention...
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The Song of Songs remains one of the most elusive texts of the Hebrew Bible. In this commentary, Exum treats the Song as an exemplar of Hebrew poetry within the context of ancient Near Eastern love poetry. With close attention to the nuances of Hebrew language and an amazing sensitivity to how the poetry of desire works, Exum provides a literary and feminist commentary in full conversation with poetic theory and the conventions of gender. The Song of Songs resists closure, operating within a lyric pattern instead of a narrative and thus develops its own strategy for immortalizing love. The Old Testament Library is a series of commentaries and general studies specifically designed for use by students, pastors, and teachers. Perhaps the most significant and enduring series in the field, the OTL presents a critically informed, theological reading of the Old Testament.
This original commentary foregrounds at every turn the poetic genius of the Song of Songs, one of the most elusive texts of the Hebrew Bible. J. Cheryl Exum locates that genius in the way the Song not only tells but shows its readers that love is strong as death, thereby immortalizing love, as well as in the way the poet explores the nature of love by a mature sensitivity to how being in love is different for the woman and the man. Many long-standing conundrums in the interpretation of the book are offered persuasive solutions in Exum's verse by verse exegesis.
The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.
J. Cheryl Exum is professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield in England, and is the director of Sheffield Phoenix Press. She is the author of numerous scholarly works on the Hebrew Bible including Scripture and Other Artifacts (WJK).