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Poetry in the Song of Songs: A Literary Analysis
Hunt, Patrick

New York: Peter Lang, 2008 pp. xii + 368. $42.95

Series Information
Studies in Biblical Literature, 96


Description: This ground-breaking study explores the structure and literary figures in the biblical Hebrew poetry of the Song of Songs. These figures include simile, metaphor, paronomasia, parallelism, sensory cluster, fertility language - flowers, spices, and plants as well as animals and images of wealth - and many other literary devices, delineated but not limited to how they also appear in classical literature as defined by Aristotle, Quintilian, and others. This biblical poetry is also compared to the Greek poetry of Sappho and Egyptian love poetry as well as to the Ramayana and the Kamasutra. The Song of Songs is discreetly yet firmly interpreted as erotic literature.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Song of Songs, Literature

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Review by Stefan Fischer
Published 7/18/2009
Citation: Stefan Fischer, review of Patrick Hunt, Poetry in the Song of Songs: A Literary Analysis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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