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Song of Songs (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Paperback – March 1, 1995

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  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300139497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139495
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marvin H. Pope, Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages at Yale University, previously authored Job in the Anchor Bible Commentary series.

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By Jim on June 25, 2013
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The Song of Songs is a set of sexually explicit poems set in the heart of the Bible. In this brilliant study presented as part of the respected Anchor Bible Series of Bible commentaries Marvin Pope has explored those poems using the kind of mastery of the Hebrew language and literature of the Levant one would expect from someone holding his position as Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages at Yale University.

Throughout history Biblical interpreters have used allegory and many other literary devices to conceal The Song's erotic content. For example the poems' detailed celebration of a lover's breasts has been interpreted as a reference to the Old Testament heroes Moses and Aaron. This kind of rewriting has misrepresented the material and deceived uninformed readers. By contrast Pope presents the text with integrity and having done so is able to trace its actual cultural roots as well as demonstrate its social and religious applications in its time and throughout history.

Using his unique skills Pope has written a lively and fascinating introduction to a little known book of the Bible that also introduces the reader to an even lesser known thread of religious history while laying the groundwork for a fresh appreciation for the Bible as a whole. Based on his analysis of its content,for example, Pope reveals links between The Song and elements of Tantric poetry that suggest The Song had a South Indian origin. He also shows a correlation between specific images presented in The Song and sexually charged fertility rituals widely practiced in Israel and the rest of the Levant.
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