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The Beloved Woman As A Metaphor For Divine Wisdom In The Poems Of Šelomo Ibn Gabirol

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This chapter discusses one property - perhaps the most important and significant - out of the range of abstract properties in the poet's love poem: it is the desired woman as a symbol of Divine Wisdom. From the Bible to the present the image of the female in Hebrew literature has served as a symbol and an allegory of matters sublime in spirit, while disregarding entirely the basically negative attitude to woman. All the foregoing hues of symbolism of the female are found in Šelomo Ibn Gabirol's poetry, the liturgical and the sacred. The chapter focuses on one issue in medieval poetry in an attempt to enter the complex and elaborate inner world of Ibn Gabirol, the most interesting medieval Hebrew poet. It examines several matters addressed in research: (a) the love poem genre; (b) the image of the beloved woman; (c) Wisdom in Ibn Gabirol's poetry.

Keywords: Šelomo Ibn Gabirol; Divine Wisdom; Hebrew literature



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