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New Songs Of The Beloved Woman (Song 5:2–6:3)

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This chapter presents three songs, 5:2-8; 5:9-16; 6:1-3, and shows that they are a coherent compositional unit, not only through being uttered by the woman but also through clear structural echoes. The first song (5:2-8) is the one in which the tragic, elegiac motif of the poem is most resonant. The woman does not allow herself to be vanquished but reacts bravely to the obstacles. She undertakes the path of memory, the path trodden by Israel in the tragedies which marked the history of her relationship with God. She traces a passionate portrait of her beloved (5:9-16). In the description of the individual parts of the body of her man, the woman discovers that they are made of the same material as her own body the lotus flowers, the myrrh, the doves . . . a realisation of the utopia of Gen 2:23.

Keywords: beloved woman; love; separation; union



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