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The Song of Songs
Love Lyrics from the Bible
Marcia Falk



HBI Series on Jewish Women

Brandeis University Press
2004 • 113 pp. 10 illus. 4 1/2 x 8"
Poetry / Religion

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-423-0


Bilingual Hebrew-English ed.

"Professor Falk took the world's most beautiful, powerful and mysterious collection of ancient love poetry and made it more beautiful, more powerful and less mystifying. Her sensitive, evocative English translation honors the Song's nonsexist expression of erotic love . . . this slim volume makes a perfect engagement gift and would be treasured by anyone who appreciates great poetry from a scholarly or an emotional perspective."—Jewish Book World

An acclaimed translation of the Bible’s celebrated collection of love poetry.

Striking in its appeal to the senses, the Song of Songs—the Bible’s only book of love poems—is remarkable for its lack of sexual stereotyping and its expression of mutuality in relationships between men and women. Marcia Falk’s rich and lyrical translation, praised by poets and scholars alike, is paired here with the original Hebrew text.

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Reviews:

“Many readers loved her reinterpretations of classic texts . . . Congregations around the country have adopted some of her prayers.”—The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California

Endorsements:

“Marcia Falk’s translation is a beautiful and sensual poem in its own right . . . one of the great classics of the art of translation. It’s always a thrill when (as rarely happens) the scholar’s mind and the poet’s soul come together.” —Adrienne Rich

“An exceptional poetic job. Marcia Falk has great power in her language.”—Isaac Bashevis Singer

From the Book:

O for your Kiss! For your love
More enticing than wine,
For your scent and sweet name-
For all this they love you.

Take me away to your room,
Like a king to his rooms-
We'll rejoice there with wine.
No wonder they love you!



MARCIA FALK is a widely published poet and translator of Hebrew and Yiddish poetry. Her most recent publications include a groundbreaking new prayer book, The Book of Blessings (1996), and a volume of translations of the modern mystic poet Zelda, The Spectacular Difference (2004).






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