By Athalya Brenner
This quantity is the 1st in a sequence which gives a primary source for feminist biblical scholarship, containing a complete choice of essays, either reprinted and in particular written for the sequence, by way of best feminist students.
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Extra info for A Feminist Companion to the Song of Songs
This is difficult to know. The most plausible explanation is that the affair indeed happened—to the same person who united the lyrics together. And this brings me to the last question: the author's personality and the date of composition of our book. A Feminine Book The detailed analysis of the poetic types represented in the Song has shown us that the words of the r'yfc, the woman lover, comprise most of it. The most important element of the whole book—dreams and wishful thinking—which determines the framework and the plot is hers alone.
They aim to establish female provenance for the SoS and for other biblical passages, and to define some characteristics unique to it. 3. ) bias generally found in biblical literature is largely absent from the 1. Pope, Sang of Songs, p. 205. 2. D. Goitein, Studies in the Bible (Tel Aviv: Yavneh, 1957). BRENNER On Feminist Criticism of the Song of Songs 33 SoS. Thus, it is a good stepping stone for discussing biblical social attitudes, especially when one compares it to other biblical texts (presumably of male authorship and/or editorship).
The man, consigned to rough labour in the field, exposed to the assault of brutes, was henceforth to have more physical strength and daring; while the woman, destined to manage the affairs at home, and to rear up a family, was to exercise the power of patient endurance. The man, with his superior strength and boldness, was henceforth to be the protector; the woman, suffering and mild, the protected. He was to be the tiller of the ground, and she, in addition to the sorrow peculiar to her condition, must depend on what he might provide for her; and hence her desire was to be unto him; that is, she should be looking up to him for protection and maintenance, and thus he would rule over her.