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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."

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Tremper Longman III is Robert H. Gundry Professor ofBiblical Studies and chair of the Religious StudiesDepartment at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.His other books include Introduction to the OldTestament, How to Read the Psalms,Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, andLiterary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation.
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Product Details

  • Series: New International Commentary on the Old Testament
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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I thought this was awesome. Instead of focusing attention on how the Songs should be taught, Longman focused instead on how the poetry should be understood in light of its original intent and genre. I was challenged in some of my previous assumptions and found that I walked away with a deeper, richer understanding and appreciation of the poetry. It was especially informative to have help understanding the rich metaphors and symbolism since it comes from a time and culture long lost on readers like me.
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This is a great book from a great series. Song of Songs is one of the more unusual books in the Bible. There are a lot of strange ideas floating around about its content and why it is in the Bible at all. This book does well at addressing the content, meaning, and theology of the book. Great for exegetical work.
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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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