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The Interpretation of Song of Songs in 4 Ezra

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The article deals with a passage of 4 Ezra that might well be an allegorical exegesis of Song of Songs. The usual allegory sees the bridegroom as God and the bride as Israel. 4 Ezra is contemporary with Rabbi Aqiba's statements on the allegory of Song of Songs, and is further evidence for the existence of allegorical interpretation. Yet it witnesses a different tradition of allegorical exegesis to the one usually found. This conclusion is compared with various views on Song of Songs and its interpretation.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Asian and Afican Studies, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University, Mont Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel


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