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The Song of Songs Afresh
Perspectives on a Biblical Love Poem
Edited by Stefan Fischer, Gavin Fernandes

This volume is one of the fruits of a six-year series of international conferences on the Song of Songs. The 13 diverse articles here being presented in four categories.

1. Classical exegetical studies. What does the blackness of the woman signify? Ausloos sees a tension between an exegetically appropriate and a politically correct interpretation, Biernot an example of Jewish discourse on blackness and whiteness ranging from antiquity to modern times. The function of the so-called dream in the Song is examined in the context of dreams in the ancient Near East with their two kinds of wake-up expressions (Fernandes). Fischer sees the daughters of Jerusalem as a means of identification for the reader and as placeholders for the young women of society. Next are intertextual readings of the Shulammite with a South African poem (Lombaard) and of the Song’s vision of love with mythological traces in the Hebrew Bible (Mathys).

2. Post-modern exegetical studies. Included is a dialogue on horses in love and war (Landy and Metzler), a psychoanalytical reading on the theme of death (van der Zwan), and a blend of Ricoeur and cognitive metaphor theory that profiles the man in the Song (Verde).

3. Jewish studies. Baraniak studies the targumic exegesis, and Damohorská the Song in Passover Piyyutim.

4. Hermeneutics. Responsible exegesis of the Song is Oosthuizen’s theme, and Scheffler’s is varieties of allegorizing.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 82
978-1-910928-57-8 hardback
Publication October 2019