Song of Songs

Song of Songs

A Close Reading

eBook - 2011
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For the English edition of his Il Canatico dei Cantici, published by Paoline Editoriale Libri, Milan in 2004, Barbiero (Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome) has toned down the confessional character, leaving the exegetical aspects highlighted for the benefit of scholars. He has also removed the illustrations from the commentary of O. Keel, which are widely known in the English-speaking world. He argues that The Song of Songs should be interpreted literally, as a poem about human love, but one that is open to a dimension that is supernatural, even theological. This is not a compromise with allegorical readings, he insists, because the supernatural is an essential part of the love, rather than something love points to. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Brill USA
The book puts forward a literal interpretation of the Song of Songs which the author sees as advancing a theology of human love. From the literary angle, particular importance is awarded to the structure of the poem, highlighting its strongly unitary character.

Publisher: Boston : Brill, 2011
ISBN: 9789004203259
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 542 pages)
Additional Contributors: Tait, Michael


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