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“Friends Hearken to Your Voice”: Rabbinic Interpretations of the Song of Songs

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The chapter argues that, in order to fully reveal the richness and multifaceted nature of the rabbinic exegesis of the Song of Songs, one needs to use tools taken from literary studies. Rabbinic interpretation of the Song of Songs has been the focus of number of studies. Attention was drawn towards the allegorical nature of the midrashim on the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs, by contrast, differs from all other biblical songs in that it includes both the words of the lover and those of the beloved, who speak with one another in a continuous exchange. The allegorical interpretation regards the Song of Songs as an extended metaphor; the characters and events described therein signify an entire sequence of events and ideas. A full understanding of the position of a given rabbi requires examination of all parameters. Each illuminates Song of Songs in a new and different light.

Keywords: midrashim; rabbinic interpretation; Song of Songs



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