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Eight Conclusive Theses

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The results of research are briefly summarised here, and is done schematically in eight theses. A first result bears on the text. The study of the structure has allowed to grasp the literary and poetic unity of the Song. The study of the literary parallels has allowed to grasp the profound links between the Song and the love poetry of the Ancient Near East. From the hermeneutical point of view, this study has confirmed the initial hypothesis of a metaphorical, not a materialistic or an allegorico-spiritual reading of the Song. The study of the Epilogue has set in relief the polemic of the Song against a type of patriarchal family, represented by the &t;brothers&t;, and against a commercial conception of love represented by the harem of Solomon. Beside the revelation of the divine nature of love, the Song makes its other great affirmation: &t;Love is strong as death&t;.

Keywords: Ancient Near East; eight theses; Epilogue; love poetry; Song; structure

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