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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919

Abstract

SCHEFFLER, Eben. Allegorising Song of Song's Most Erotic Parts: Judaism, Calvinism, Lutheranism. Old testam. essays [online]. 2018, vol.31, n.3, pp.737-758. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2018/v31n3a19.

The contemporary debate regarding the neo-allegorical Song of Songs interpretation focuses more on its legitimacy than on how it is done. If allegorical interpretation promotes uncontrollable subjective interpretation, this would especially surface when different religious traditions are involved. Moreover, if allegorical interpretation is done to avoid dealing with explicit sexuality in the Song, comparing texts from three diverse religious traditions on the more erotic parts of the Song has the potential to provide insight not only in the method of allegory but also in the contextuality and subjectivity of interpretation as such. The paper discusses examples from the Targum, the Calvinistic Dutch Statenbijbel and Luther's lectures on the Canticles.

Keywords : Song of songs; erotic; allegorism; Judaism; Calvinism; Lutheranism.

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