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The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs is a lock whose key had been lost long ago. As a matter a fact, no book that small has caused that many commentaries and questions along centuries.

ECTS Credits: 3
Professor: Fr Hervé Tremblay OP

Saadia Gaon said that the Song of Songs is a lock whose key had been lost long ago. As a matter a fact, no book that small has caused that many commentaries and questions along centuries. Usually, in a course on a small biblical book, we deal first with introductory questions and then offer a commentary of the book. But since a commentary of the Song of Songs, as it is found today, has nothing directly theological or even religious, in this course we will just cover the main questions and topics associated with this mysterious book of the Bible.

 

1- Name of the book

2- Place in the canon

3- General aspect

4- Structure – Plan

5- Literary aspects

6- Unity

7- Texts and versions

8- Sitz im Leben and literary form

9- The different interpretations of the Song of Songs
      9.1 The allegorical interpretation
      9.2 The literal interpretation
      9.3 Toward an acceptable hermeneutics

10- Author and dating

11- Canonicity

12- Theology

13- History of the interpretation
      • Judaism
      • Patristic Era
      • Middle Ages
      • Renaissance, humanism and Reformation
      • Modern era

14- Liturgical use