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Solomons Vineyard (Sbl - Ancient Israel and Its Literature)

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ISBN-13: 978-9004169258
ISBN-10: 9004169253
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This monograph includes four lengthy studies on the Song of Songs, which together identify the northern dialect of the poetry, focus on the literary devices of alliteration and variation, and propose that the composition is akin to medieval Arabic hija and ta b b (or invective) poetic genres, aimed at critiquing the king and his court. The authors conclude that the poem was written during the period of the two monarchies, probably circa 900 B.C.E., somewhere in northern Israel, with the goal of censuring King Solomon and his descendants on the throne in Jerusalem.

About the Author

Scott B. Noegel is Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. He has published books, scholarly articles, and educational DVDs, including "Nocturnal Ciphers: The Allusive Language of Dreams in the Ancient Near East" (American Oriental Society), "Afroasiatic Linguistics, Semitics, and Egyptology: Selected Writings of Carleton T. Hodge" (CDL), and "Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World" (Pennsylvania State University Press). Gary A. Rendsburg holds the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is author or editor of numerous books, including "The Bible and the Ancient Near East" (Norton) and "Israelian Hebrew in the Book of Kings" (CDL). He has also produced two courses for The Teaching Company, one on The Book of Genesis and one on The Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sbl - Ancient Israel and Its Literature (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: BRILL (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004169253
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004169258
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,802,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Noegel and Gary Rendsburg have cut and faceted a real gem here in SOLOMON'S VINEYARD (SBL, 2009). Not at all shy about the erotic content of the Song of Songs, comparing it to other literature as well, including Greek poetry of Archilochus and Arabic poetry, their erudition of Hebrew makes this book worth delving and mining the subtlest wordplays like paronomasia and Janus parallelism. They bring out many hermeneutic ironies, some double-edged, as well as comparanda to Arabic tashbib and hija forms, with deliberate ambiguities of both praise and invective. It's refreshing to see scholars stick to their guns about evidence for their choice of an early date (900 BCE) and unity of the songs due to, among other points they evidence, consistent alliterative style, parallelism and repetitions. Also informative is their extended unfolding of the role of Israelian (Northern) Hebrew as opposed to Judahite Hebrew and how much biblical literature like the Song of Songs is in this dialect. This is a needed tome no lover of Hebrew poetry can live without.
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Literary, structural interpretation becomes the main line to interpret biblbe, I just like the title & the book design, and I think it is useful for student in seminary, just like me, so got it.
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