RELS438 - The Song of Songs in Ancient, Medieval and Modern Interpretation

This course introduces students to the development of Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation by focusing on late antique, medieval, and contemporary interpretations of the Song of Songs. Students will encounter a variety of important interpreters in translation, guided by appropriate secondary materials. The course will touch on the interplay of asceticism and eroticism, on issues of gender and religious language, on mysticism, and on the development of allegorical interpretation. This course has no prerequisites. The readings will be made available in English. The class will utilize a combination of lecture, discussion, student presentations, reports, close reading, and a research paper.
Section 601 - SEM
W 0600PM-0900PM
TREAT, JAY C.
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 204