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Songs Of The Beloved Woman (Song 2:8–3:5)

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This chapter pays particular attention to the structure of the poem Songs Of The Beloved Woman (Song 2:8-3:5) and of their individual cantos. The two "songs of the beloved woman", 2:8-17 and 3:1-5 together represent the beginning of the journey of love. They do this by taking the two stages of "leaving the family" (2:8-17) and "the search for love" (3:1-5). Another aspect of this complementarity is provided by the juxtaposition of nature (2:8-17) and city (3:1-5). A third aspect is the temporal complementarity: the first song is located in the morning, and the second, a nocturne. Through an intertextual reading, the author has perceived an allusion to the adventure of Abraham in the first song (Song 2:10, 13, cf. Gen 12:1) against the background of Gen 2:24 ("Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife").

Keywords: leaving the family (2:8-17); Songs Of The Beloved Woman ; the search for love (3:1-5)



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