Body as Landscape, Love as Intoxication: Conceptual Metaphors in the Song of Songs (Hardcover)

Body as Landscape, Love as Intoxication: Conceptual Metaphors in the Song of Songs By Brian P. Gault Cover Image

Body as Landscape, Love as Intoxication: Conceptual Metaphors in the Song of Songs (Hardcover)

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Song of Songs contains some of the most exquisite yet enigmatic poetry in the Hebrew Bible. One of the chief difficulties in interpreting the Song's lyrics is the unusual imagery used to depict the lovers' bodies. Why is the maiden's hair compared to a flock of goats (4:1), the man's cheeks likened to garden beds of spice (5:13), and the eyes of both lovers described as doves (4:1; 5:12)? While scholars speculate on the significance of these images, a systematic inquiry into the Song's body metaphors is curiously absent. Incorporating biblical and comparative data, this study seeks to uncover the meaning of these metaphors and explore their origins.

Product Details ISBN: 9780884143826
ISBN-10: 0884143821
Publisher: SBL Press
Publication Date: August 16th, 2019
Pages: 314
Language: English