By Athalya Brenner
This quantity is the 1st in a sequence which gives a basic source for feminist biblical scholarship, containing a finished number of essays, either reprinted and in particular written for the sequence, by means of prime feminist students.
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King Solomon, the Shulammite, the Superscript: Evaluation and Conclusion This is still no proof that a woman actually composed either the Song itself or parts thereof, for the book opens with the words 'The song of songs which is Solomon's'; and one can imagine that King Solomon may have utilized only certain kinds of women's poems and composed the book by personal inspiration. 12)? 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.
It shows the power of virtue in a woman, even of humble life. As the wife of an officer of rank, accustomed to luxury and wealth, the temptations of Bath-sheba were not so great, and yet she surrendered to them. Whereas the Shulamite, a humble shepherdess, to whom the promise of costly apparel and of elevation from a low and toilsome occupation to the highest rank, must have been an extraordinary allurement, triumphed over them all. If one woman yielded to small incitements, this book shows that another overcame unparalleled temptations, and thus checked the clamour against woman which might have arisen from the conduct of Bath-sheba with David.
In the first part of this section, two 'gardens' are compared: that of the SoS and that of Eden. P. Trible collates the SoS and the story of the Garden (Gen. 4b-3), and strives to show through her analysis how the Bible can be 'depatriarchalized'. Of the two versions of her work on this topic1 only the later one is presented, since it is an elaboration of the first. Opposite Trible's feminist views, two non-feminist responses are reproduced. The first is a summary and critique of Trible's first study from Pope's commentary.
A Feminist Companion to the Song of Songs by Athalya Brenner