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Solomon's Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs
Rendsburg, Gary A. and Scott B. Noegel

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 pp. xiv + 267. $34.95


Description: This monograph includes four lengthy studies on the Song of Songs, which together identify the northern dialect of the poetry, focus on the literary devices of alliteration and variation, and propose that the composition is akin to medieval Arabic hijaí and tashbib (or invective) poetic genres, aimed at critiquing the king and his court. The authors conclude that the poem was written during the period of the two monarchies, probably circa 900 B.C.E., somewhere in northern Israel, with the goal of censuring King Solomon and his descendants on the throne in Jerusalem.

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

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Review by Jonathan Kaplan
Published 4/5/2011
Citation: Jonathan Kaplan, review of Scott B. Noegel and Gary A. Rendsburg, Solomon's Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by George Athas
Published 4/5/2011
Citation: George Athas, review of Scott B. Noegel and Gary A. Rendsburg, Solomon's Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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