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My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs

Jonathan Kaplan


The interpretations of Song of Songs in the tannaitic midrashim, the first rabbinic scriptural commentaries, employ a form of allegory known as figural interpretation or typology in order to correlate this work to Israel’s ideal national narrative represented by events such as the crossing of the sea and the giving of the Torah. This approach to interpreting Song of Songs helped shape rabbinic conceptions of the character and practice of model Israel as well as of an idealized vision of their beloved, God. The archetypal and idealized language of Song of Songs provides a unique textual arena i ... More

Keywords: Song of Songs, midrash, allegory, typology, rabbinic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199359332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Kaplan, author
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX