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Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Hardcover – September 24, 2001
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"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."
"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."
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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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Tremper Longman is considered strangely today to be a well informed OT scholar. I have no idea why that is the case. Apostasy! Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Pastor
I like Tremper Longman's approach to the Song, especially since he is Reformed & quote him extensively. I highly recommend this commentary.Published on August 1, 2009 by James R. Carmichael, Jr.