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The Way of Lovers: The Oxford Anonymous Commentary on the Song of Songs (Bodleian Library, MS Opp. 625); An Edition of the Hebrew Text, with English Translation and Introduction
Japhet, Sara and Barry Dov Walfish

Leiden: Brill, 2017 pp. xiii + 274. $121.00

Series Information
Commentaria, 8


Description: This extraordinary commentary by a late twelfth-century anonymous northern French exegete interprets the Song of Songs solely according to its plain meaning as a story of two young lovers and their developing relationship. The exegete pays attention to every detail of the text, offering many enlightening insights into its meaning, all the while expanding upon the “way of lovers” – the ways that young people in love go about their lovemaking. The French background of the exegete is made clear by numerous references to knights, coats of arms, weapons, chivalry, and of course, wine drinking. The edition is accompanied by an English translation and extensive introduction which analyzes the various linguistic, literary, and exegetical features of the text.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Song of Songs, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Other Rabbinic Works, Literature

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Review by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi
Published 11/14/2018
Citation: Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, review of Sara Japhet and Barry Dov Walfish, The Way of Lovers: The Oxford Anonymous Commentary on the Song of Songs (Bodleian Library, MS Opp. 625); An Edition of the Hebrew Text, with English Translation and Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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