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Cântarea Cântărilor, discurs alegoric şi imaginar religios
The Song of Songs, Allegorical Discourse and Religious Imagery

Author(s): Doina Butiurcă
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Universităţii de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: The Song of Songs; allegorical discourse; religious imagery; hymn of love; symbolism

Summary/Abstract: The first great hymns of love – which differ from one another on a linguistic and referential level – are The Song of Songs and the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to Corinthians – chapter 3. The present study focuses on the former, and argues that it ought to be interpreted as an allegory of God’s love for His people, the Israel. In the introduction, we underline some aspects regarding the history of the spiritual hymn, the ongoing polemic concerning the period when it might have been created, and its paternity. Further on, we briefly introduce the most prominent interpretations of The Song of Songs, before focusing on the attempt to reinforce the allegorical reading and understanding of the text, in chapters like The Epiphanies of Jahve, The Sheppard and His Flock, The Topography of the Divine Space.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 51-52
  • Page Range: 63-69
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Romanian