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The Song of Songs and the Fashioning of Identity in Early Latin Christianity

Karl Shuve

Abstract

This study provides a new account of how the Song of Songs became one of the most popular biblical texts in medieval Western Christianity, through a close and detailed study of its interpretation by late antique Latin theologians. It has often been presumed that early Latin writers exercised little influence on the medieval interpretation of the poem, since there are so few extant commentaries from the period. But this is to overlook the hundreds of citations of and allusions to the Song in the writings of influential figures such as Cyprian, Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine, as well as the less ... More

Keywords: Song of Songs, biblical interpretation, ecclesiology, asceticism, virginity, ritual purity, baptism, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766445.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl Shuve, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia