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Song of Songs and Israel’s National Narrative

Jonathan Kaplan

in My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199359332
eISBN:
9780199359356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 2 outlines the various processes of figuration and pre-figuration employed in the tannaitic midrashim in order to correlate Song of Songs to archetypal events in Jewish history, particularly ... More


Female Beauty and the Affective Nature of Rabbinic Piety

Jonathan Kaplan

in My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199359332
eISBN:
9780199359356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 3 examines how the tannaitic midrashim painted an idealized picture of Israel and her practices and piety through the descriptions of the female protagonist’s appearance in Song of Songs. In ... More


Allegory, Mashal, or Figuration?: Song of Songs in Early Rabbinic Interpretation

Jonathan Kaplan

in My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199359332
eISBN:
9780199359356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 1 examines how the interpretation of Song of Songs in the tannaitic midrashim should be characterized—as an allegory, as a mashal(rabbinic parable), or as something entirely different. To ... More


The Shulammite's Song: Divine Eros, Ascending and Descending

Richard Kearney

in Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226351
eISBN:
9780823236718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226351.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Song of Songs offers no single, stable perspective from which to view the amorous scenes unveiled on its pages. Most readers of the Song from antiquity to the present ... More


Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?: Domesticating the Elusive Lover of Song of Songs

Jonathan Kaplan

in My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199359332
eISBN:
9780199359356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 5 discusses how the interpretations found in the tannaitic midrashim reread and subvert the motif of the absent lover found in Song of Songs. These interpretations sublimate and refocus the ... More


Holy Scripture: Hermeneutics and Life

Oliver Davies

in Theology of Transformation: Faith, Freedom, and the Christian Act

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199685950
eISBN:
9780191765872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685950.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter begins with an analysis of the neurology of language, which emphasizes the materiality of the sign. It makes the case for the view that language is as much material form as it is ... More


Israel’s Ideal Man

Jonathan Kaplan

in My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199359332
eISBN:
9780199359356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 4 continues the examination of tannaitic interpretation of descriptive language in Song of Songs (begun in Chapter 3), focusing on the portrayals of the male beloved. In their reading of ... More


Polemical and Practical? The Trinitarian Spirituality of Francis Cheynell and John Owen in Context

Paul C. H. Lim

in Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195339468
eISBN:
9780199979097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339468.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter presents the two major proponents of Trinitarian spirituality among the Puritans, John Owen and Francis Cheynell. The first part of the chapter situates the context of Francis Cheynell's ... More


‘Persons’ In the ‘Social’ Doctrine of the Trinity: A Critique of Current Analytic Discussion

Sarah Coakley

in The Trinity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Trinity

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246120
eISBN:
9780191600531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246122.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Sarah Coakley outlines the recent debate that analytic philosophers of religion have conducted in defence of the so‐called ‘social’ doctrine of the Trinity. Since appeal is characteristically made by ... More


Lyrical Theology: The Song of Songs and the Advantage of Poetry

Tod Linafelt

in Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226351
eISBN:
9780823236718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226351.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that the Song of Songs is best understood as lyric poetry and not as dramatic or narrative poetry, even though it does not entirely fit the category of ... More


A Dilemma of Feeling

Michelle Voss Roberts

in Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257386
eISBN:
9780823261536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257386.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In Bernard of Clairvaux's Christian exegesis, the biblical love poem, the Song of Songs, is an allegory for the love for God that Christians should cultivate within themselves. Reading him ... More


My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Jonathan Kaplan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199359332
eISBN:
9780199359356
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The interpretations of Song of Songs in the tannaitic midrashim, the first rabbinic scriptural commentaries, employ a form of allegory known as figural interpretation or typology in order to ... More


The Faith We Seek

Larry L. Rasmussen

in Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199917006
eISBN:
9780199980314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter answers key questions: What are the criteria for judging faith as Earth-honoring and justice-committed? What kind of faith offers renewable moral-spiritual energy to take on tasks that ... More


The Unity of Baptism

Adam Ployd

in Augustine, the Trinity, and the Church: A Reading of the Anti-Donatist Sermons

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190212049
eISBN:
9780190212063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212049.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, History of Christianity

This chapter takes up the central Catholic-Donatist dispute over baptism and sacramental efficacy. Augustine redefines baptism through a pro-Nicene understanding of the common and inseparable ... More


Being Lovely: Eschatological Anthropology

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God: Metaphor, Gender, and Religious Language

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269502
eISBN:
9780191683657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Religion and Literature

This chapter begins by suggesting that eschatology is not only concerned with the last things, but also of a future hope of an individual, of the ecclesia, and of the created order. It proposes that ... More


“The Wisdom of Christians”

Boyd Taylor Coolman

in Knowledge, Love, and Ecstasy in the Theology of Thomas Gallus

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199601769
eISBN:
9780191773167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601769.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

This chapter treats the apex of the mystical ascent for Gallus, namely, the ecstatic, affective cognition of God, which he associates with the Seraphim in the angelic hierarchy, and which is made ... More


Heavenly Powers

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Gregory uses Colossians 1:16 to argue that, whereas the heavenly tabernacle as a whole represents Christ, its furniture symbolizes heavenly powers. Philo interprets the contents of the tabernacle ... More


Heavenly and Earthly Worship

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Gregory interprets the two heavenly tabernacle altars as angelic adoration, thus depicting heavenly powers as priests. The earthly altars are the ‘sacrifice of praise’ and the ‘incense of prayer’. ... More


Heavenly Ascent Contexts

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

The heavenly ascent texts used in the heuristic comparison are introduced. Basic details of language, genre, and dating are given. They can be divided into three categories. Firstly, there are the ... More


The Value of Heuristic Comparison

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This chapter reviews the methodology of heuristic comparison. It is argued that the most fruitful comparisons have come with texts which Gregory could not possibly have known: Songs of the Sabbath ... More


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