This theological commentary to the Rabbinic Midrash explores a simple proposition, in three parts. I. The reading of Scripture by principal parts of the Rabbinic Midrash is formed by compositions and composites that are animated by a cogent theological system. II. These primary components of the Midrash-compilations, further, are in part aimed at systematic demonstrations of theorems of a theological character. III. While forming a principal part of a large theological structure and system, each document is unique. This commentary in its concluding chapter presents what is common to the animating theology of Rabbinic Judaism in all its documentary components and what is unique to Song of Songs Rabbah.
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard as well. He also is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Symbols in Verbal Form Chapter 4 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah One Chapter 5 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Two Chapter 6 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Three Chapter 7 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Four Chapter 8 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Five Chapter 9 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Six Chapter 10 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Seven Chapter 11 Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Eight Chapter 12 The Rabbinic Theology not of, but in, Song of Songs Rabbah. And What Does Song of Songs Rabbah Contribute to the Theology of Rabbinic Judaism? Chapter 13 Appendix: Song of Songs Rabbah on Song of Songs 1:1