The Song of Songs: Codes of Love

The Song of Songs: Codes of Love

by Edwin M. Good


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The Song of Songs: Codes of Love by Edwin M. Good

In this mature work of scholarship, Edwin Good brings his capable talents to translating, interpreting, and commenting on the rich work of the Song of Songs. Known as one of the earliest biblical exegetes to have opened the door to sophisticated literary criticism, he brings this decades-long praxis to opening the great poem's depth. The volume is concluded by an Afterword by Anita Sullivan, the author's wife, who is a poet and translator. Her reflections on the Song's character and importance as poetry provide another dimension to the discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625648952
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2015
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Edwin M. Good was Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and of Classics at Stanford University. Among his many publications are Genesis 1-11: Tales of the Earliest World (2011), In Turns of Tempest: A Reading of Job (1990), and Irony in the Old Testament, 2nd ed. (1981).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Overture 1

Another songs of Songs Translations? 1

Solomon and the Song of Songs 3

The Song of Songs and Oral Poetry 4

The Song of Songs as a Book 9

Hebrew and Poetry 12

Some Other Works on the Song of Songs 18

Voices, Speakers, and "Authors" 23

The Arrangement of the Song of Songs 26

"Codes" in the Song of Songs 27

Translating Hebrew 30

Interpretive Essays 32

The Book's Arrangement 33

2 The Song of Songs That Are Solomon's 35

Ch.1:1 37

Ch.1:2-4 39

Ch.1:5-6 45

Ch.1:7-8 48

Ch.1:9?2:3 51

Ch.2:4-7 57

Ch.2:8-14 62

Ch.2:15-17 66

Ch.3:1-5 70

Ch.3:6-11 75

Ch.4:1-7 80

Ch.4:8 85

Ch.4:9-15 88

Ch.4:16?5:1 92

Ch.5:2?6:3 95

Ch.6:4-10 104

Ch.6:11-12 108

Ch.7:1-10 111

A Brief Diversion on "Turn" 118

Ch.7:11-14 120

Ch.8:1-4 123

Ch.8:5 126

Ch.8:6-7 129

Ch.8:8-10 137

Ch.8:11-14 140

3 Assisting with the Translation: A Contemporary Poet Takes a Look at an Old Poem?An Afterword/Anita Sullivan 144

Bibliography 151

Index 153

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