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Scrolls of LoveRuth and the Song of Songs$
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Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225712

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225712.001.0001

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The Love Song of the Millennium: Medieval Christian Apocalyptic and the Song of Songs

The Love Song of the Millennium: Medieval Christian Apocalyptic and the Song of Songs

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(p.228) The Love Song of the Millennium: Medieval Christian Apocalyptic and the Song of Songs
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Scrolls of Love
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E. Ann Matter

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0017

The Latin Middle Ages was a period of great Christian interest in the Song of Songs. Judging from the surviving texts, at least twenty Latin line-by-line expositions of Solomon's love songs were written between the seventh and the eleventh centuries, and over thirty survive from the twelfth century alone. These are curious works of literature in a number of ways. For one thing, they were the product of an intellectual elite made up entirely of celibate men living in religious (usually monastic) communities. For another, the treatises were developed out of a rhetorical system that assumed multiple layers of allegorical readings, one in which the poems of the Song of Songs were turned from human love songs into spiritual tales which contained at least three linked themes on passion.

Keywords:   Latin, Middle Ages, Song of Songs, Solomon, love songs, intellectual elite, allegorical readings

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