Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience
Studies in Song of Songs (PHI314)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate an in-depth understanding of major philosophical and theological issues addressed in the Rabbinic metaphorical interpretation of the Song of Songs and their historical and eschatological implications, with emphasis on the first chapter with the commentary of the Vilna Gaon and demonstrate an understanding of the use of metaphor in Torah literature.
Major topics covered in the course are: introduction to the Song of Songs; metaphor in Torah literature; the metaphor of bride and groom; Peace as a name of G-d; the nature of relationship; the Festivals and the nation's relationship with G-d; Oral Torah; women and Oral Torah; exile: its causes, significance, purpose and outcome and the responses to exile; Revelation; and imbuing the world with G-d's Presence. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion.