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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better technical commentaries...
Perhaps one of the less attended-to books in Scripture, and one which has undergone paradigm-shifts in interpretation in the last century, many of the commentaries on the Song deal with one interpretation, and fail to acknowledges the challenges of understanding poetry in 21st C contexts.

Longman deals clearly and fairly with the challenges of understanding the...
Published on 15 July 2009 by Steve Clark

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good heads up for the Song of Songs
Longman successfully argues, following Tribble 1975, that this is a love poem, or a collection of poems. His division of the book is not convincing and neither is his argument that Solomon is the hero in chapters 1 and 3 and the villain in chapter 8. In chapter 3 Solomon's sexual conquests seem to resemble a military campaign after Provan. But Longman is good at taking...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better technical commentaries..., 15 July 2009
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Perhaps one of the less attended-to books in Scripture, and one which has undergone paradigm-shifts in interpretation in the last century, many of the commentaries on the Song deal with one interpretation, and fail to acknowledges the challenges of understanding poetry in 21st C contexts.

Longman deals clearly and fairly with the challenges of understanding the Song, as well as giving a fair stab at arguing his own take. It deals with some of the more technical aspects of understanding the Song, wrestling with ANE poetry admirably. This is both a clear and readable exposition of the song, which goes beyond the largely devotional commentaries otherwise available. An essential component of a preacher's arsenal when tackling the Song, especially to provide tools to unlock what Scripture actually says, rather than what individual commentators think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter than wine..., 11 Jun 2012
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Jan Dierckx (Belgium, Turnhout) - See all my reviews
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The song of Solomon (Canticles) is a beautiful book. It's about love. It's also a difficult book.

The Canticles are attributed to Solomon, son of David, king of Israel c.970-c.930 BC. In the Bible he's traditionally associated with The Song of Solomon (Canticles), Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs. His alleged wisdom is illustrated by the Judgement of Solomon. It doesn't mean necessarily that Solomon actually wrote them. In those days it was custom to ascribe some anonymous books to a famous person.

The Canticles is a collection of love songs written in such way that the reader gets the impression to be a participant in a feast or a wedding feast. It's a dialogue, presented as love songs, between a man and a woman. That sounds obvious but it isn't because it's not clear who they really are. The Jews say that he and she are God and Israel. According to the Christians they symbolize Christ and the Church and yet another explanation says they are God and the Soul.

Today we know that Solomon was not the author, the Canticum was written in the third century BC.
The Canticles (or Canticum, Song of Solomon, Canticum Canticorum.) are not a story but a collection of songs. It provides tools to improve our knowledge of God's intentions and at the same time to understand better our own thoughts and fears.

The "Canticles" is easy to read when you take the words literally. But when you search for a deeper meaning it can be very difficult.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good heads up for the Song of Songs, 23 April 2013
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Longman successfully argues, following Tribble 1975, that this is a love poem, or a collection of poems. His division of the book is not convincing and neither is his argument that Solomon is the hero in chapters 1 and 3 and the villain in chapter 8. In chapter 3 Solomon's sexual conquests seem to resemble a military campaign after Provan. But Longman is good at taking the poem as an analogy of the love between God and his people and as a lyrical exposition of the creation and redemption of erotic love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 July 2014
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