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The JPS Bible Commentary: Song of Songs

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780827607415

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Song of Songs is a wondrous collection of love lyrics nestled in the heart of the Hebrew Bible—songs of passion and praise between a young maiden and her beloved. It is religious lyric par excellence. But what is its true meaning? Is it an expression of human love and passion, pure and simple? A celebration of the covenant between God and Israel? Or something else?

The latest volume in the Jewish Publication Society’s highly acclaimed Bible Commentary series, Song of Songs provides a line-by-line commentary of the original Hebrew Bible text, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, alongside the JPS English translation. Unique to this volume are four layers of commentary: the traditional PaRDeS of peshat (literal meaning), derash (midrashic and religious-traditional sense), remez (allegorical level), and sod (mystical and spiritual intimations). Michael Fishbane skillfully draws from them all to reveal the extraordinary range of interpretations and ideas perceived in this beloved biblical book. A comprehensive introduction, extensive endnotes, a full bibliography (traditional and modern), and additional explanatory materials are included to enhance the reader’s appreciation of the work.

This original, comprehensive commentary on the Song of Songs interprets historical, critical, and traditional sources drawn from the ancient Near East, the entire spectrum of Jewish sources and commentaries, and modern critical studies.

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Key Features

  • Includes four levels of Commentary: Peshat, Derash, Remez, and Sod
  • Features notes that explain nuances in translation
  • Presents a detailed history of the Jewish interpretation of the Song of Songs


  • Introduction to the Commentary: Song of Songs
  • Full Hebrew-English Text of the Song of Songs
  • Commentary to the Song of Songs
  • Excursus: A History of Jewish Interpretation of the Song of Songs

Praise for the Print Edition

This series is an indispensable resource, and Fishbane’s new work is among the most rewarding entries.

—Howard Freedman,

Michael Fishbane, one of the most penetrating Bible scholars of our time, has surpassed himself in this magnificent study of The Song of Songs, combining scholarly erudition, poetic sensibility, theological depth, and an unmatched mastery of the history of interpretation of this most difficult yet lyrical testimony of love. A masterpiece of scholarship!

—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, emeritus chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth.

Fishbane’s commentary on ‘the great songbook of the Jewish soul’ is a tour de force. There is nothing like it for opening up the inner depths of the biblical dialogue of love.

—Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor emeritus, Divinity School, University of Chicago

  • Title: The JPS Bible Commentary: Song of Songs
  • Author: Michael Fishbane
  • Series: JPS Tanakh Commentary
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 397
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital > Logos Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Song of Solomon > Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780827607415, 9780827611450, 0827607415
  • Resource ID: LLS:JPSBBLESO
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:40:44Z

About the Author

Michael Fishbane, PhD, is one of the foremost Hebrew Bible scholars in the world today and is the Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.

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