n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - "Wüste" im Hohenlied (Cant)

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


The beloved woman of the Song of Songs (Cant) comes out of the desert (3:6, 8:5). She becomes an integral part of a luxurious world. Therefore "desert" has no connotation of danger and death as in the historical and prophetical books of the Old Testament. The Song was written in the time of Ptolemaic rule over Palestine (3rd cent. B.C.E.), presumably in Jerusalem. The richer Judaean families (e.g. the Tobiads) had good connections to the Ptolemaic kings. They profited from the Arabian trade the Ptolemaic rulers organized through the desert regions east and south of Palestine. Therefore "desert" looks like a region of wealth and luxury and not like an area of danger and death.

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