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Title: La bien-aimée du Cantique des cantiques a-t-elle trouvé son bien-aimé?
Author(s): VAN DE SANDE, Axel
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 87    Issue: 4   Date: 2011   
Pages: 325-343
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.87.4.2149592

Abstract :
From beginning to end, the Song of Songs seems to evoke a beloved waiting for her lover, searching for him, but never finding him. It is as if the union they are longing for belongs to a time still to come. Nevertheless, here and there in the book, some passages, as they are usually translated, give the impression that the beloved abides in the presence of her lover, and therefore that their union occasionally becomes a reality. This paper argues for another translation of those verses, which therefore gives the opposite impression. This in turn leads to questioning the appropriateness of several current interpretations in which those verses played an important, if not determinant, role.

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