The Song of Songs and the Eros of God: A Study in Biblical Intertextuality

Hardcover | January 3, 2010

byEdmee Kingsmill

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Modern biblical scholarship interprets the Song as a collection of love lyrics. For Edmee Kingsmill, on the contrary, the essence of the Song is mystical. A principal concern of this study, however, is to uncover the relationship between the 117 verses of the Song and those biblical books towhich they point. Beneath the metaphors a network of allusions is being woven, conveying a picture opposite to that we find in the prophets who, confronted with the continual 'adultery' of Israel, poured forth their condemnations with unwearying passion. In dramatic contrast, the Song presents a paradisal picture: 'For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear in the land, and the time of singing is come' (Song 2: 11-12). Thus, in presenting the ideal, the intention of the Song's author is shown to be encouragement. Theinclusion of this poem in the biblical canon is understood, therefore, to be central to the purpose of the biblical literature: to bring all people to love the God of love. The book is in two parts. The first and longer part is concerned with themes, including the relationship of the Song to the early Jewish mystical literature. The second part is a short commentary intended for the reader interested in the text as much as in the related questions to which the textgives rise.

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Modern biblical scholarship interprets the Song as a collection of love lyrics. For Edmee Kingsmill, on the contrary, the essence of the Song is mystical. A principal concern of this study, however, is to uncover the relationship between the 117 verses of the Song and those biblical books towhich they point. Beneath the metaphors a net...

Dr. Edmee Kingsmill is with the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God (SLG).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:January 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577242

ISBN - 13:9780199577248

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TranslationIntroduction1. The Eros Strand in Wisdom2. Breast Imagery3. Symbols of Israel4. Mythical Elements5. The Garden Temple6. The Beloved7. The Eros of GodChapter Commentary: Looking at the Whole