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The Song of Songs: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators
     

The Song of Songs: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators

by Richard A. Norris Jr., Richard A. Norris, Richard A. Norris Jr.
 

ISBN-10: 0802825796

ISBN-13: 9780802825797

Pub. Date: 11/18/2003

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

The Song of Songs, traditionally attributed to Solomon, is a collection of lyrics that celebrate in earthly terms the love of a bridegroom and a bride. Throughout the course of early Christian history, the Song of Songs was widely read as an allegory of the love of Christ both for the church and for its individual members. In reading the Song this way, Christians

Overview

The Song of Songs, traditionally attributed to Solomon, is a collection of lyrics that celebrate in earthly terms the love of a bridegroom and a bride. Throughout the course of early Christian history, the Song of Songs was widely read as an allegory of the love of Christ both for the church and for its individual members. In reading the Song this way, Christians were following in the steps of Jewish exegetes who saw the Song as celebrating the love of God for Israel.

In The Song of Songs, the inaugural volume of The Church's Bible, Richard A. Norris Jr. uses commentaries and sermons from the church's first millennium to illustrate the original Christian understanding of Solomon's beautiful poem. In recent times, the Song of Songs has been more a focus of literary than of religious interest, but Norris's work shows that for early Christians, this text was counted, with the Psalms and the Gospels, among those Scriptures that touched most deeply on the believer's relation to God.

All in all, Norris's Song of Songs is a masterful work that aptly acquaints contemporary readers with the church's traditional way of discerning in this text a guide to the character of Christian belief and life. This volume — and the entire Church's Bible series — will be welcomed by preachers, teachers, students, and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802825797
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/18/2003
Series:
Church's Bible Ser.
Edition description:
43137 William B Eerdmans
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 10.22(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Series Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
Interpreting the Old Testamentx
Introduction to the Song of Songsxvii
Prefaces and Title (Song 1:1)1
Song 1:2-419
Song 1:5-837
Song 1:8-12a54
Song 1:12b-1471
Song 1:15-1780
Song 2:1-290
Song 2:3-798
Song 2:8-17114
Song 3:1-5134
Song 3:6-11145
Song 4:1-8154
Song 4:9-15176
Song 4:16-5:1188
Song 5:2-8195
Song 5:9-16209
Song 6:1-3227
Song 6:4-9232
Song 6:10-7:1242
Song 7:2-10253
Song 7:11-14266
Song 8:1-4273
Song 8:5-10279
Song 8:11-14292
Appendix 1Authors of Works Excerpted298
Appendix 2Sources of Texts Translated303
Index of Subjects311
Index of Names316
Index of Scripture318

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