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My Perfect OneTypology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs$
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Jonathan Kaplan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199359332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.001.0001

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Israel’s Ideal Man

Israel’s Ideal Man

(p.135) 4 Israel’s Ideal Man
My Perfect One

Jonathan Kaplan

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 continues the examination of tannaitic interpretation of descriptive language in Song of Songs (begun in Chapter 3), focusing on the portrayals of the male beloved. In their reading of these passages and Song 5:10–16, in particular, the interpretations of the Tannaim highlight God’s character in contradistinction to the attributes of the nations of the world and their gods and in correspondence with the features of ideal Israel. These points contributed to their understanding of the Torah as an expression of God’s love as well as their efforts to shape Jewish piety through a rabbinic expression of imitatio Dei, in which the Jewish people imitate divine practice and character.

Keywords:   Torah, Song of Songs, Jewish piety, imitatio Dei

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