Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

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Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 254 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780802825438
  • DDC分類 223.9077

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Relationships are a wonderful, mysterious, often elusive, sometimes painful part of the human experience. The most intimate of all human relationships, according to the Bible, is that between a husband and a wife. It is no surprise, therefore, that there is a book of the Bible, the Song of Songs, that focuses on this relationship. What is surprising is how little attention is given to the Song of Songs by scholars, by the church, and by readers of the Bible. With this volume Tremper Longman III unpacks for modern people what this ancient love poem says about the male-female relationship -- and, by analogy, about God's love for his people. Longman's superb study begins with a thorough introduction to the Song of Songs and its background. Longman discusses the book's title, authorship, date, literary style, language, structure, cultural milieu, and theological content. He also canvasses the long history of interpretation of the Song of Songs, a history too often characterized by repression of the text. In the commentary itself, Longman structures the Song of Songs according to its twenty-three poetic units and explains its message verse by verse. The exposition is made clearer by Longman's adoption of an anthropological approach to the text and by his frequent comparisons of the Song of Songs with other ancient Near Eastern literature. Learned yet highly accessible, innovative yet fully informed by past scholarship, this commentary shows the beautiful Song of Songs to be a timeless celebration of human love and sexuality.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface                           xi
Author's Preface xiii
Abbreviations xv
Introduction
Title 1 (1)
Authorship 2 (7)
Literary Style 9 (8)
Language 17 (2)
Date 19 (1)
The Text 19 (1)
History of Interpretation 20 (28)
Genre 48 (1)
Ancient Near Eastern Background 49 (5)
Structure 54 (2)
Canon 56 (2)
The Significance and Theology of The Song of 58 (12)
Songs
Bibliography 70
TEXT AND COMMENTARY
Superscription (1:1) 87
Poem One: The Woman's Pursuit (1:2--4) 89
Poem Two: Dark, but Beautiful (1:5--6) 95
Poem Three: An Invitation to a Tryst 99
(1:7--8)
Poem Four: A Beautiful Mare (1:9--11) 102
Poem Five: Intimate Fragrances (1:12--14) 104
Poem Six: Outdoor Love (1:15--17) 107
Poem Seven: Flowers and Trees (2:1--7) 109
Poem Eight: A Poem of Spring (2:8--17) 116
Poem Nine: Seeking and (Not) Finding 127
(3:1--5)
Poem Ten: A Royal Wedding Procession 131
(3:6--11)
Poem Eleven: From Head to Breasts: The 140
Man's Sensuous Description of the Woman
(4:1--7)
Poem Twelve: The Invitation (4:8--9) 148
Poem Thirteen: Eating in the Garden of Love 152
(4:10--5:1)
Poem Fourteen: To Search and (Not) Find, 160
Once Again (5:2--6:3)
Poem Fifteen: Awesome As an Army under 177
Banners (6:4--10)
Poem Sixteen: A Surprise in the Nut Grove 183
(6:11--12)
Poem Seventeen: A Description of the 188
Dancing Shulammite (7:1--11 [English
6:13--7:10])
Poem Eighteen: I Will Give You My Love 199
(7:12--14 [English 7:11--13])
Poem Nineteen: Yearing for Love (8:1--4) 203
Poem Twenty: Like a Seal (8:5--7) 206
Poem Twenty-One: Protecting the Sister 215
(8:8--10)
Poem Twenty-Two: Who Owns the Vineyard? 218
(8:11--12)
Poem Twenty-Three: Be Like a Gazelle 220
(8:13--14)
INDEXES
I. Subjects 223
II. Authors 225
III. Scripture References 229
IV. Foreign Words 235