The Song Of Song Is A Marker And By Product Of Ancient Biblical Communal And Theological Identity

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This paper claims that the Song of Song is a marker and by product of ancient biblical communal and theological identity with core values that upholds sexual purity and emphasizes the essentiality of desire within covenant love relationship. This paper suggests that Song is an anthology of love songs that emerged from the oral tradition; revised and refined over a period of centuries from 10th to 4th century B.C.E through a medium technology analogous to the shared internet; and edited and recasted in its final form to produce a unified song. Supporting Evidence:
1. Oral rhetorical quality of the Song as rooted in the oral tradition
2. Presence of both early and late features of the Song
3. Intentional markings such as adjuration refrain (2:7; 3:5; 5:8 and 8:4) and repeated existence of “I am my beloved and I am his” isolated line (2:16; 6:3; and 7:11) amidst disjunctive poems within the Song
4. Opening line 1:1 and closing strong on desire and all chapters centers on the theme of desire

Methodological Aims::
1. Hypothesize on the Song’s development by locating the oral rhetorical quality of the Song within the Oral-Scribal dimension of Scripture formation
2. Reconcile the early and late features of the Song
3. Justify logical disjunction and cohesiveness of the Song

Abstract
This paper posits that Song of Songs is an anthology of love songs that emerged from the oral tradition possibly as early as 10th -9th century BCE during Solomon’s reign and edited and recasted in…

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