By Athalya Brenner
This quantity is the 1st in a sequence which gives a basic source for feminist biblical scholarship, containing a accomplished collection of essays, either reprinted and in particular written for the sequence, by means of prime feminist students.
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I have conjectured above that the plot element of the book is explained in the most natural manner if we assume that the heroine, who was temporarily a singer in the king's court, transformed her personal fate into a frame for a composition of love lyrics. Nonetheless, it is conceivable from the outset that 1. Erman, Literatur, p. 347. 62 A feminist Companion to the Song of Songs the poet-king himself chose for his subject matter such a tale of an orphan girl whose father died and whose brothers acted as her custodians.
But what does the woman lover in the Song say? 11). Thus she unties the bondage of the ancient curse, exactly as Isaiah invalidates the curse of 'I [God] shall institute hostility' between man and serpent by letting a suckling play over a viper's son (Isa. 8). In truth, in the pages of the Song we encounter a new relationship between the two sexes, a relationship of equality and amicable mutuality. Hence, there is no doubt that the love lyrics of ancient Israel 1. S. Schott, Les chants d'amour de I'Egypte ancienne (trans.
4. The SoS contains possible allusions that can be interpreted as references to matrilineal and matrilocal (albeit not necessarily matriarchal) values, that is, to customs of a society or social system(s) in which females had a significant formalized role. It also contains some allusions that may be interpreted as reflections of a fratriarchal or fratrilineal culture (in which power structures and social dominance belong to a woman's brothers). On the other hand, it contains few apparent references to the patriarchal, father-dominated realities that must underlie it, as they do throughout the rest of the Hebrew Bible.