THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE TARGUM TO THE PROPHETS *) BY JOHANNES C. DE MOOR Kampen, The Netherlands 1. Introduction In his monumental commentary on the Song of Songs which appeared in the Anchor Bible in 19771), Professor Marvin POPE rightfully devoted much attention to the allegorical interpretation of this Book of the Bible. Biblical scholars generally tend to confine themselves to a type of exegesis geared solely to the elucidation of the text in its original historical setting. It is the burden of the era of historism we are all carrying that makes us reluctant to take the history of interpretation into serious consideration. And to be honest, it requires a man of Professor POPE'S vast learning to survey the exegetical process from the very origin of a biblical text to our present-day times. Few people possess the philological train- ing to embark upon such a demanding enterprise. Of course nowadays people are raving about the exquisite quality of the secular poetry contained in this collection of love songs. Yet it is not the literal sense of the Song of Songs that has had the most profound impact on the history of theological reflection. In the
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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