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Songs of Songs (Anchor Bible)
Traditionally ascribed to King Solomon, the Song of Songs is one of the great books of world literature, full of sensuous imagery that has been the subject of various allegorical interpretations, chiefly as relating to Yahweh's love for Israel or Christ's love for the Church.
Hardcover, 743 pages
Published November 2nd 1977 by Anchor Bible
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Apr 05, 2012 Michael Miller rated it it was ok · review of another edition
The introduction is massive and thorough. The history of interpretation and bibliography were very helpful. Pope champions the cultic interpretation of the book, but his handling of exegetical problem passages is still helpful.
Of the numerous sources I used in a recent study of the Song, Pope's felt the most dated. I originally read this commentary in the late 1980's, and thought it was good then. Now I find it a bit too exhausting. Pope's historical background is second to none, but it can take him a very long time to work through all the material to bring his own thoughts out, and I find I disagree with him as often as not. Garrett, Longman, and Hess make the text far more accessible than does Pope.
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