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Product Details

  • Series: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-- Heythrop Journal
"One of the most helpful commentaries there is for understanding the details of the text sensitively but with full focus on the physical and sexual aspects of the poetry."

-- The Bible Today
"Faithful to the format of this fine series, [Longman's] extensive introduction treats questions of authorship, literary style, the history of interpretation, and other features that are specific to this particular biblical book. The commentary itself takes the literary characteristics of the book seriously and engages the thinking of other scholars in its explanation. The rich metaphors that fill the poems are carefully examined and their obvious sexual connotations are delicately interpreted. The book is highly recommended."

-- Themelios
"An attractive contribution to the well-established NICOT series. . . A thorough, accessible commentary of the Song of Songs, giving the novice theological student an introduction to a wide range of scholarly opinion, both ancient and modern."

About the Author

Tremper Longman III is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Religious Studies Department at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. His other books include Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read the Psalms, Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Fred D. Mueller on November 10, 2004
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This treatment of the Song of Songs is valuable for all readers. The book is thorough in exploring the Song and very well-written. It is technical when it needs to be, yet is highly readable due to excellent explanations. It refers to the Hebrew text when necessary, but provides the untrained reader with enough of an explanation to be understandable. Mr. Longman takes the approach that the Songis an anthology of love poetry. But he moves beyond the secular to deomonstrating clearly how the Song fits into the canon for Jews and Christians. The book is appropriately reverent while celebrating the God-given human love expressed so beautifully in the Song. People of faith will find the book valuable and others will find the scholarship excellent. If you want a highly readable commentary, with superior scholarship and an elucidating exploration of this bible book, this commentary will not let you down.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Narrowminded1 on August 1, 2012
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Let me say up front that I have not yet read this commentary, but I wanted to offset the obviously biased "1-Star" review by Pastor Puritan. It's good to know that the "Salem Witch-Trial" mentality is still prevalent in the Church! I was also unaware that doubting Solomonic authorship of all Wisdom Literature and that the literal interpretation of Song of Songs was considered a damnable heresy! I'm sure that guy would also consider me a heretic just because I'm not a Calvinist either. Where's the love at? I thought putting our trust in Christ alone and following Him is good enough?

His review prompted me to check out Longman's commentaries, and I'm sure Longman was writing in an inductive manner rather than a deductive, systematic theological manner and that's why he came to his conclusions. "Examine everything and hold fast to that which is good," is what Paul exhorted. Now I do not doubt some of the allegorical aspects of Songs that Pastor Puritan pointed out--as a secondary intention revealed to New Covenant believers after the works of Christ, but I surely doubt that Solomon (or whoever wrote Songs) had in mind the allegory of Christ and His bride, and the writer might have not even had in mind Yahweh and His bride Israel--but it's possible. The explicit sexual descriptions make that very doubtful in my mind, and as we know Solomon was quite knowledgable in matters of romance and poetry.

Therefore, I will read this commentary with optimism while seeking the truth of the author's intention and the original audience's probable interpretation rather than hold to my biased presuppositions and studying in an eisogetical manner. I will comment further when I complete the commentary.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By River Walker on July 9, 2007
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Someone has finally written a commentary from the text, not from preconceived ideas of "religious" individuals who presume to know the mind of God. If anything, the author is overly cautious in stating what he sees in the text.

Refreshing!
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James R. Carmichael, Jr. on August 1, 2009
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I like Tremper Longman's approach to the Song, especially since he is Reformed & quote him extensively. I highly recommend this commentary.
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5 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Pastor on July 5, 2012
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Tremper Longman is considered strangely today to be a well informed OT scholar. I have no idea why that is the case. Apostasy! This commentary is one of the clear indications that he is a Liberal and an apostate who has no real knowledge of Scripture or of the glory of Christ. To consider the Song of Solomon as a series of carnal love songs written by some unknown person is a damnable heresy of the first sort. Calvin booted Castellio out of Geneva and made sure that he was never ordained in the reformed churches for this same stupid and profane view which Longman supports. Theodore Beza subsequently preached a series of sermons on the Song in defense of the allegorical and spiritual view which the entire history of the church and all the Reformers and Puritans have upheld. I don't have time to list all of the historical, theological, and Biblical arguments to refute Longman's stupid book. Every true believing Christian who knows Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the Bridegroom of the church knows what this Song says and teaches in general! Here are a few things to consider:

1. Solomon was an emiment type of Jesus Christ in all of His glory and dominion, and in His building of God's Temple. Solomon was the king of peace, the son of David, Jedidah, the Beloved of the Lord, the Shepherd of Israel and the Bridegroom of the Gentiles whose kingdom stretched over all the heathen nations!

2. Solomon was ordained by God to build the Temple after God's pattern. And he did so, not only the physical Temple in Jerusalem, but a spiritual/literary Temple out of his 3 books (Proverbs, Ecclesaistes, and the Song of Solomon) which shows remarkably the order of the Temple as it relates to our communion with God moving from 1. The Outer Court. then to 2. The Holy Place. and then to 3.
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