Relationships are a wonderful, mysterious, often elusive, sometimes painful part of the human experience. The most intimate of all human relationships, according to the Bible, is that between a husband and a wife. It is no surprise, therefore, that there is a book of the Bible, the Song of Songs, that focuses on this relationship. What is surprising is how little attention is given to the Song of Songs by scholars, by the church, and by readers of the Bible. With this volume Tremper Longman III unpacks for modern people what this ancient love poem says about the male-female relationship and, by analogy, about God's love for his people.Longman's superb study begins with a thorough introduction to the Song of Songs and its background. Longman discusses the book's title, authorship, date, literary style, language, structure, cultural milieu, and theological content. He also canvasses the long history of interpretation of the Song of Songs, a history too often characterized by repression of the text. In the commentary itself, Longman structures the Song of Songs according to its twenty-three poetic units and explains its message verse by verse. The exposition is made clearer by Longman's adoption of an anthropological approach to the text and by his frequent comparisons of the Song of Songs with other ancient Near Eastern literature. Learned yet highly accessible, innovative yet fully informed by past scholarship, this commentary shows the beautiful Song of Songs to be a timeless celebration of human love and sexuality.
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Review 1 for Song of Songs: New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT]
Date:August 23, 2010
Tremper Longman's examination of Song of Songs is clear, concise and informative. The first portion of the book is more technical in nature and will appeal to those who are interested in the literary significance and structuring of the book. The latter portion (2/3rds of the total) are a close breakdown of the individual verses that describes what is happening and unpacks Hebrew simile and metaphor which may sound strange to contemporary ears. The book is open, frank and at times even humorous. Highly recommended.
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Review 2 for Song of Songs: New International Commentary on the Old Testament [NICOT]
Date:August 17, 2008
A refreshingly sane and simple approach to the structure and purpose of Song of Songs. Highly recommended.