The Exotic Garden in the Song of Songs

The logic of the garden exoticism in the Song, then, persuades the reader not that the garden is a “fantasy garden,” but that the space is the result of attention and care—one that presumes the intervention of a skilled gardener.

See Also: Landscapes of the Song of Songs: Poetry and Place (Oxford University Press, 2017).

By Elaine T. James
Assistant Professor of Theology
St. Catherine University
April 2018

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It is not just an ANE garden, and certainly not a fantasy: it is an Achaemenid paradise, just like the garden in Ramat Rahel. Part of the memory of kingship as Persian kingship.

#1 - Jason Silverman - 04/04/2018 - 18:14

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