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“Where has Your Beloved Gone?”: The Song of Songs in Contemporary Israeli Poetry

Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

in Scrolls of Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225712
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0024
“Where has Your Beloved Gone?”: The Song of        Songs in Contemporary Israeli Poetry

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In an essay in this book, Ellen Davis contests the predominant scholarly understanding that the Song of Songs gained its place within the canon entirely because the rabbis misread the book, taking it not as a poem about human love, but as pertaining rather to the love of God and Israel. She contends that this scholarly view represents a misunderstanding, that in fact the Song was correctly understood by those who accorded it a place among Israel's Scriptures. Thus, in Davis's view, the Song really is, in large part, about the love that obtains between God and Israel—or, more broadly, between God and humanity. To read it only as a poem about human desire is therefore to misread it.

Keywords: Ellen Davis; Song of Songs; human love; love of God; Israel; humanity; human desire

Chapter.  5593 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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