Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs, is one of the most beautiful books in the Tanakh. The lyrical expression of erotic images invites interpretation on several levels. Two young lovers in a beautiful setting may simply be a young couple in love. They may also represent the relationship between God and the Jewish people. This new translation and commentary by two Reform rabbis allows readers to explore this ancient text using a modern lens.
The book has eight chapters, one for each chapter of Shir Hashirim. Using the Targum, a fifth-century Aramaic translation and interpretation of the Hebrew text, and commentaries by Rashi, Abraham ibn Ezra, and Gersonides, the authors translate the Hebrew text and analyze it, verse by verse. They provide context with commentary about the imagery used in the passages. Gleanings, brief drashot by other scholars, appear at the end of each chapter. This small volume will enhance the reading of the Song of Songs by providing fresh insight. It is a valuable tool for text study. Biblio.