The Voice of My Beloved: The Song of Songs in Western Medieval Christianity

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 3 de ago. de 2010 - 268 páginas

The Song of Songs, eight chapters of love lyrics found in the collection of wisdom literature attributed to Solomon, is the most enigmatic book of the Bible. For thousands of years Jews and Christians alike have preserved it in the canon of scripture and used it in liturgy. Exegetes saw it as a central text for allegorical interpretations, and so the Song of Songs has exerted an enormous influence on spirituality and mysticism in the Western tradition.

In the Voice of My Beloved, E. Ann Matter focuses on the most fertile moment of Song of Songs interpretation: the Middle Ages. At least eighty Latin commentaries on the text survive from the period. In tracing the evolution of these commentaries, Matter reveals them to be a vehicle for expressing changing medieval ideas about the church, the relationship between body and soul, and human and divine love. She shows that the commentaries constitute a well-defined genre of medieval Latin literature. And in discussing the exegesis of the Song of Songs, she takes into account the modern exegesis of the book and feminist critiques of the theology embodied in the text.

 

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1 Introduction to the Genre
3
The Legacy of Alexandria
20
Allegory and the Song of Songs
49
4 The Song of Songs as the Changing Portrait of the Church
86
5 The Marriage of the Soul
123
The Virgin Mary and the Song of Songs
151
The Song of Songs in the Vernacular
178
Conclusion
201
Latin Commentary on the Song of Songs to 1200
203
Index of Biblical References
211
Index of Manuscripts
214
Index of Modern Scholars
216
General Index
221
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