Song of Songs

Song of Songs

by F. Scott Spencer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814681244
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 03/15/2017
Series: Wisdom Commentary Series
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

F. Scott Spencer is professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has also served as past president of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion and current co-chair of the Bible and Emotion group for the Society of Biblical Literature. Spencer’s longtime interest in feminist biblical interpretation is evident in the monographs Dancing Girls, “Loose” Ladies, and Women of “the Cloth”: The Women in Jesus’ Life; and Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel.    

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

List of Contributors xiii

Foreword "Tel/ It on the Mountain"-or, "And You Shall Tell Your Daughter [as Well]" Athalya Brermer-Idan xv

Editor's Introduction to Wisdom Commentary: "She Is a Breath of the Power of God" (Wis 7:25) Barbara E. Reid, OP xix

Acknowledgments xxxix

Author's Introduction: Playing the Song of Songs in a Feminist Key xli

Song of Songs 1:1 Heading 1

Song of Songs 1:2-8 Comfortable (Mostly) in Her Own Voice and Skin 5

Song of Songs 1:9-2:7 Looking at the Lovers' Nest- and Letting It Be 25

Song of Songs 2:8-17 Viewing, Cooing, and Wooing 41

Song of Songs 3:1-5 Seeking and Seizing Her Lover 59

Song of Songs 3:6-11 Look Who's Coming to Town 71

Song of Songs 4:1-7 Formidable Beauty and Fearful Symmetry 83

Song of Songs 4:8-5:1 The Precarious Path to Paradise 99

Song of Songs 5:2-8 Painful Pillow Talk 113

Song of Songs 5:9-6:3 Playful Girl Talk 133

Song of Songs 6:4-10 An Overwhelming Ode to Terrible Beauty 147

Song of Songs 6:11-13 A Flight of Fancy and a Campy Dance 157

Song of Songs 7:1-9a The Dynamic Delights of Statuesque Beauty 167

Song of Songs 7:9b-8:4 Desiring Old and New, Open and Safe Spaces for Love 193

Song of Songs 85-14 The love Song That Never Ends 207

Works Cited 233

Index of Scripture References and Other Ancient Writings 243

Index of Subjects 247

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