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Bibil Identifier bibil:252036
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) How Song of Songs Became a Divine Love Song
Author Kaplan, Jonathan
Author Wilson-Wright, Aren M.
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 26, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2018
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2018
Year (Copyright) 2018
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 334-351 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The origin of the interpretation of Song of Songs as a description of God’s relationship with God’s beloved community has been a persistent question in the work’s history of interpretation. Earlier scholarship has provided a number of possible solutions to this problem, none of them conclusive. This article offers another possible answer: the language and imagery of the Northwest Semitic combat myth in Song 8:6-7, which identifies love with Yhwh as the victorious divine warrior, triggers the work’s interpretation as a divine love song. This argument receives support from some of the earliest allusions to Song of Songs in Revelation, which interpret Song of Songs in the context of apocalyptic discourse that likewise draws heavily on the combat myth.
DOI 10.1163/15685152-00263P03
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Ugarit : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Myths and Tales of Origins
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Song of Songs / Song of Solomon / Canticles
Pericopes Song of Solomon 8,6-8,7
Revelation 3,20-3,20
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