This book puts forward an interpretation of the Canticle which is alert to the literal sense of the poem. The author thus distances himself both from the allegorical interpretation and from an interpretation that is purely secular. According to the author, the Song offers a theological vision of human love. Barbiero sees the Song as composed in the third century BC, in the Hellenistic epoch, but also as hugely dependent on the love poetry of the Ancient Near East, particularly that of Egypt. Above all, however, the Song was composed in dialogue with the other books of the Old Testament, especially in contrast with the negative view of sexuality which they represent. The study pays particular attention to the structure of the poem and of the individual cantos: for Barbiero, the Song is a closely unitary work and is only to be understood as a whole.
Song of Songs
Edited by Martti Nissinen
This volume brings together the main contributions to the 20th congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) held in Helsinki, Finland in August, 2010, focusing on archaeology, textual history, Deuteronomistic texts, and Wisdom and apocalypticism.
By Paul M. Cook
This book offers a proposal for the formation of oracles about Cush and Egypt in the book of Isaiah (chapters 18-20) within the context of the development of a larger collection of foreign nations oracles in Isaiah 13-23.
By Paul D. Vrolijk
To study the nature and role of material possessions in the Jacob-cycle will result in a deeper understanding of the Jacob-story itself within the wider context of Genesis and the Pentateuch.
By Koowon Kim
This book proposes to read the birth stories of Aqhatu, Kirta and Samuel from the perspective of incubation type-scene. Drawing on Nagler’s definition of a type-scene, it employs the idea of family resemblance as a principle of identification of type-scenes.
By Rachelle Gilmour
Through literary analysis and comparison with modern historical theory, this volume examines the narrative representation of familiar historical concepts such as causation, significance, evaluation and coherence of past events in the book of Samuel.
By Kristin Joachimsen
In addition to challenging historical-critical readings in the tradition after Duhm, this book presents three ways of reading the text based on variations of linguistic theory: one linguistic, one narratological and one intertextual. In these readings the trope personification is central.
Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor
Focusing on the composition and redaction of Jeremiah 30–31, Isaiah 40–66, and Zechariah 1–8, this book examines how the Babylonian exile became a Second Temple metaphor for political disenfranchisement, social inequality, and alienation from YHWH.
Edited by Armin Lange, Emmanuel Tov, Matthias Weigold, and Bennie H. Reynolds III.
With nearly all Dead Sea Scrolls published, this collection of essays integrates this very important corpus of ancient texts into the study of Hebrew Bible, ancient and rabbinic Judaism as well as early Christian and other ancient literatures, languages, and cultures.
By Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
This monograph seeks to identity the target audience of Isaiah 40-55. In doing so, it challenges the widespread view that Isaiah 40-55, in whole or in part, aims at and also reflects the concerns of the exilic community in Babylon.
Edited by Michael van der Meer, Percy van Keulen, Willem Th. van Peursen, Bas ter Haar Romeny.
The present collection of essays in honour of Arie van der Kooij offers a rich and original contribution to the study of the Book of Isaiah in the context of ancient near-eastern writings as well as on its reception history.
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