By Jonathan Kaplan

ISBN-10: 0199359334

ISBN-13: 9780199359332

such a lot stories of the historical past of interpretation of music of Songs specialize in its interpretation from past due antiquity to modernity. In My ideal One, Jonathan Kaplan examines past rabbinic interpretation of this paintings by way of investigating an underappreciated selection of works of rabbinic literature from the 1st few centuries of the typical period, referred to as the tannaitic midrashim. In a departure from prior scholarship that too speedy labeled rabbinic interpretation of tune of Songs as allegorical, Kaplan advocates a extra nuanced interpreting of the strategy of the early sages, who learn tune of Songs via a style of typological interpretation thinking about the correspondence among Scripture and excellent occasions in Israel's background. through the ebook Kaplan explores ways that this portrayal assisted in shaping a version imaginative and prescient of rabbinic piety in addition to of an idealized imaginative and prescient in their loved, God, within the wake of the destruction, dislocation, and loss the Jewish group skilled within the first centuries of the typical period. The archetypal and idealized language of tune of Songs supplied, as Kaplan argues, a textual panorama within which to visualize an idyllic development of Israel's courting to her loved, marked by way of mutual devotion and constancy. via this method of tune of Songs, the Tannaim helped lay the principles for later Jewish considered a powerful theology of intimacy in God's dating with the Jewish people.

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