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Bibil Identifier bibil:245444
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Cunning Linguists: Oral Sex in the Song of Songs
Author Case, M. L.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 67, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 171-186 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract As is typical of the metaphorical nature of poetry, the Song of Songs describes sexual activities indirectly, without giving any explicit references. As a result, interpreters often hesitate to define the exact practices portrayed in any given verse. For example, both Song 2:16 and 6:3 describe the male lover as “he who grazes among the lotuses.” Many scholars read these verses as some type of sexual activity, but do not specifically define the action. Using comparative evidence from Egyptian and Sumerian love poetry, as well as contextual analysis of these verses within the Song as a whole, I argue that these verses depict a particular type of love-making, cunnilingus. According to my reading, Song 2:16 and 6:3 focus exclusively on the sexual pleasure of the two partners, disregarding other potential benefits of sexual intercourse, such as reproduction, giving us a rare glimpse into a particular sexual practice in ancient Israel.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341277
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Song of Songs / Song of Solomon / Canticles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Sexuality
Pericopes Song of Solomon 2,16
Song of Solomon 6,3
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