Item description for Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) by Richard S. Hess...
Overview Richard Hess has written an insightful commentary on one of the most intriguing books of the Bible, which celebrates God's gift of love. Following an introduction to the biblical book and a history of its interpretation, Hess divides his discussion into seven major sections. Each section begins with a fresh translation, followed by paragraph-by-paragraph commentary, and concludes with a summary of the passage's theological implications. Technical questions related to the Hebrew text or scholarly debate are addressed in the footnotes. Pastors and teachers will find here an accessible commentary that will serve as an excellent resource for their study. This is the first volume in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series
Publishers Description Richard Hess has written an insightful commentary on one of the most intriguing books of the Bible, which celebrates God's gift of love. Following an introduction to the biblical book and a history of its interpretation, Hess divides his discussion into seven major sections. Each section begins with a fresh translation, followed by paragraph-by-paragraph commentary, and concluding with a summary of the passage's theological implications. Technical questions related to the Hebrew text or scholarly debate are addressed in the footnotes. Pastors and teachers will find here an accessible commentary that will serve as an excellent resource for their study. This is the first volume in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Academic
Series Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms
ISBN 0801027128 ISBN13 9780801027123
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More About Richard S. Hess
Richard S. Hess (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado, and editor of the Denver Journal. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Ancient Israel's History, Israelite Religions, and Song of Songs in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms.
Richard S. Hess currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)?
At Last Jul 9, 2007
Someone has finally written a commentary from the text, not from preconceived ideas of "religious" individuals who presume to know the mind of God. If anything, the author is overly cautious in stating what he sees in the text.
Excellent resource for preaching, teaching and personal study!!! Jan 5, 2007
Hess' work will revolutionize one's understanding of this seemingly nebulous book of Hebrew poetry. It makes an excellent undergraduate textbook and can be read from cover to cover like an ordinary book. All of the Hebrew vocabulary is transliterated, making it accessible for those unfamiliar with the language. After a brief, but informative discussion of the history of Song of Songs interpretation, Hess begins a verse-by-verse discussion of the entire poem. He divides his commentary into seven chapters, the first of which discusses the book's introduction. The remaining six chapters deal with the individual sections of the poem. Each section unfolds the linguistic meaning of the text and its poetic imagery along with its underlying cultural/ Ancient Near Eastern background. Hess concludes each of the six sections with a discussion of its theological implications for Christians today. He adeptly demonstrates how Hebrew word usage in other parts of the Old Testament informs the usage of those same Hebrew words in the Song of Songs. He gently dismisses allegorical interpretations of the poetic imagery and instead views the poem as a celebration of love as it is fully expressed within the covenant of marriage. His insights regarding the contemporary relevance of Song of Songs for Christians, particularly in the theological sections, are superb! They provide excellent guidance both for preaching and for teaching the book's message. Pastors and teachers could easily craft an excellent series of six sermons (one for each of the major sections) for a marriage seminar using Hess' commentary, which successfully dispels the myth that Song of Songs is inappropriate for public teaching and preaching. He advocates a high view of the marriage covenant and the fulfillment/enjoyment/impact of love (and its various expressions) within that relationship as a gift intended to honor God who gave it. He emphasizes how love's full expression within the marriage covenant is a picture of Christ's love for the Church without attempting to overspiritualize or allegorize every symbol (a tactic that some overly sanctimonious interpreters of this book have tried to do throughout the history of its interpretation). This commentary not only helps readers gain a better understanding of the book's intended meaning, but also of its place within the canon of Scripture. It is a welcome corrective for a Church that is being increasingly ravaged from within by sexual promiscuity, adultery and divorce. Highly recommended for pastors, teachers and laypeople!!!
Balanced Biblical Study May 19, 2005
In light of the dozens of scholarly commentaries on the Song of Song, the work by Professor Hess is concise and careful. He provides excellent footnotes supporting his interpretive strategies as well as the most balanced summary of the interpretation and dating questions of this book of the Bible. The strength of the book is that it recognizes theological as well as literal approaches as equally valid. For a student who wishes to read a solid introduction to the Song of Songs, I recommend this volume
A Thorough and Well written commentary Nov 10, 2004
This treatment of the Song of Songs is valuable for all readers. The book is thorough in exploring the Song and very well-written. It is technical when it needs to be, yet is highly readable due to excellent explanations. It refers to the Hebrew text when necessary, but provides the untrained reader with enough of an explanation to be understandable. Mr. Longman takes the approach that the Songis an anthology of love poetry. But he moves beyond the secular to deomonstrating clearly how the Song fits into the canon for Jews and Christians. The book is appropriately reverent while celebrating the God-given human love expressed so beautifully in the Song. People of faith will find the book valuable and others will find the scholarship excellent. If you want a highly readable commentary, with superior scholarship and an elucidating exploration of this bible book, this commentary will not let you down.