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The Bible in HistoryHow the Texts Have Shaped the Times$
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David W. Kling

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195130081.001.0001

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“Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth!”

“Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth!”

Bernard and the Song of Songs

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The Bible in History

David W. Kling (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on the history of interpretation of the Song of Songs, with a particular attention given to Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs. It also considers the important contribution of Origen in the history of biblical interpretation, as well as contemporary interpretations (e.g., feminist) of this poetic book in Hebrew Scripture.

Keywords:   Bernard of Clairvaux, Origen, Song of Songs, lectio divina, allegory, Mariology, Cistercians, mysticism

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