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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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Women reading the Song of Songs in the Christian tradition

Women reading the Song of Songs in the Christian tradition

(p.281) 16 Women reading the Song of Songs in the Christian tradition
Scriptural Exegesis

Bernard McGinn

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores a neglected topic in the history of Christian reception of the Song of Songs — its interpretation for and by women. The reason for this lack of attention is not hard to find. Although women began to make major contributions to theology, especially mystical theology, from the 13th century on, even educated women could not receive the formal training in scriptural interpretation that was under the control of male monks and schoolmen.

Keywords:   Song of Songs, Hildegard of Bingen, Christianity, women, mystical theology

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