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Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

J. Christopher King

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This book explores Origen’s interpretation of the Song of Songs in his Commentary and two Homilies on the Song of Songs. Origen portrays the Song under two complementary and inseparable aspects: ... More


“Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth!”: Bernard and the Song of Songs

David W. Kling

in The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195130089
eISBN:
9780199835393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130081.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter focuses on the history of interpretation of the Song of Songs, with a particular attention given to Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs. It also considers the important ... More


Origen on the Hermeneutical Finality of the Song of Songs

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter shows that Origen situates the event in which the Song is sung as epithalamium (i.e., the upper register) in a topos that is not local, and a kairos that is not temporal. Hence, the ... More


Other Supposedly Solomonic Books: Song of Songs and Qohelet

David M. Carr

in The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199742608
eISBN:
9780199918737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742608.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter adopts criteria developed in chapter 15 (on Proverbs) to assess the extent to which two other purportedly Solomonic books, Song of Songs and Qohelet, might contain early pre-exilic ... More


Origen's Grounds for the Wholly Spiritual Reading of the Song of Songs

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter examines the hermeneutical rationale that Origen himself develops as the basis of his ‘bodiless’ interpretation of the Song of Songs. The discussion will develop in two stages. First, ... More


Introduction

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This introductory chapter discusses the writings of Origen of Alexandria (c.185-c.254), particularly the Commentary and Homilies on the Song. It argues that Origen approaches the Song of Songs ... More


 Origen on the Hermeneutical Unity of the Song of Songs

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter examines the Song of Song’s ‘whole body’ — its character as a unitive text organized by a single logos. It is shown that Origen approaches every individual book of Scripture as a ... More


Origen, the Nuptial Motif, and the Song of Songs

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter shows that Origen’s ‘bodiless’ reading cannot be explained simply on the grounds of an aversion to, or suspicion of embodied nuptial love or sexual love. It is argued that he not only ... More


Asceticism and Eroticism in Medieval Jewish Philosophical and Mystical Exegesis of the Song of Songs

Elliot R. Wolfson

in With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195137279
eISBN:
9780199849482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137279.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The ascetic impulse manifested in pious devotion may be rooted in erotic desire, which is a recurring element in the phenomenology of religious experience. Matters pertaining to the sacred can be ... More


Origen and the Spiritual Reading of the Song of Songs

J. Christopher King

in Origen on the Song of Songs as the Spirit of Scripture: The Bridegroom's Perfect Marriage-Song

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199272181
eISBN:
9780191603433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199272182.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter examines the status of the literal sense of the Commentary and Homilies on the Song, focusing on Origen’s hermeneutic, in order to place the ‘bodilessness’ of the Song in the context of ... More


Women reading the Song of Songs in the Christian tradition

Bernard McGinn

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.00017
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter explores a neglected topic in the history of Christian reception of the Song of Songs — its interpretation for and by women. The reason for this lack of attention is not hard to find. ... More


Karaite Commentaries on the Song of Songs from Tenth-Century Jerusalem

Frank Daniel

in With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195137279
eISBN:
9780199849482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137279.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

For both Jews and Christians, the Song of Songs posed a special problem. If its Solomonic authorship assured its scriptural standing, its frank eroticism demanded allegorization. In its depiction of ... More


Coming-To-Head, Returning-To-Womb: (E)Soteric Gnosis and Overcoming Gender Dimorphism

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224180
eISBN:
9780823235377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224180.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on the interpretation of the Song of Songs (a biblical book that is significant in the history of Judaism and Christianity), and its hermeneutical ... More


Psychosexual Faith

Frank Graziano

in Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195136401
eISBN:
9780199835164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195136403.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The Song of Songs, the sin in Eden, and Mary Magdalen are discussed as prelude to a fundamental paradox of mysticism: the love of God by female mystics vowed to virginity is represented as corporal ... More


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


Unresolved and Unresolvable: Problems in Interpreting the Song

Marc Brettler

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The statement that best encapsulates the problems of the Song of Songs is the simile attributed to Sa'adiya Gaon, the head of the Babylonian Jewish community in the tenth century: “It ... More


Between sensual and heavenly love: Franz Rosenzweig's reading of the Song of Songs

Paul Mendes‐Flohr

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter examines how Franz Rosenzweig read and responded to the Song of Songs' juxtaposition of love and death. Rosenzweig viewed the erotic imagery of the Song of Songs as the most eloquent ... More


The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

David W. Kling

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195130089
eISBN:
9780199835393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130081.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book examines the dynamic interplay between scripture and society. Kling traces the story of how specific biblical texts have at different times emerged to be the inspiration of movements that ... 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


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