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

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

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(p.315) “Where has Your Beloved Gone?”: The Song of Songs in Contemporary Israeli Poetry
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Scrolls of Love
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Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0024

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

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