Song of Songs

Verse-by-Verse Commentaries:

Duane A. Garrett, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (New American Commentary, 14), Zondervan, 1993.
G. Lloyd Carr, The Song of Solomon (Tyndale), Inter-Varsity, 1984.
Trempor Longman III, The Song of Songs (NICOT), Eerdmans, 2001. ***1/2
Roland Murphy,
The Song of Songs (Hermeneia), Fortress Press, 1990. ****
Iain Provan, Ecclesiastes/Song of Songs (NIV Application), Zondervan, 2001.

Monographs, Compilations, and Studies:

Mary Timothea Elliott, The Literary Unity of the Canticle (Europäische Hochschulschriften: Series XXIII, Theology, 371), Peter Lang, 1989. ****
Marcia Falk, Love Lyrics from the Bible: A Translation and Literary Study of the Song of Songs (Bible and Literature Series, 4), Almond Press, 1982.
Harold A. Fisch, Poetry with a Purpose: Biblical Poetics and Interpretation, Indiana University Press, 1988.
Michael Fox, Song of Songs and Ancient Egyptian Love Songs,
University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.
Daniel Grossberg, Centripetal and Centrifugal Structures in Hebrew Poetry (SBL Monograph, 39), Scholars Press, 1989.
Frances Landy, Paradoxes of Paradise: Identity and Difference in the Song of Songs, Almond Press, 1983.
post-modern/deconstructionist perspective; literary, theological value.

Jill M. Munro, Spikenard and Saffron: A Study in the Poetic Language of the Song of Songs (JSOT Supplement, 203), Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.
Calvin Seerveld, The Greatest Song: In Critique of Solomon, Trinity Pennyasheet, 1967.
see also the review by M. G. Kline, Gordon Review 11 (1968): 53-56.

Articles and Essays:

Robert A. Bascom, "Hebrew Poetry and the Text of the Song of Songs" in E. R. Wendland ed., Discourse Perspectives on Hebrew Poetry
____ in the Scriptures (UBS Monograph, 7), United Bible Societies, 1994: 95-110.
James T. Dennison Jr.
, "What Should I Read on the Song of Solomon?" Kerux 8.2 (Sept 1993): 35-41.
David A. Dorsey, "Literary Structuring in the Song of Songs."
JSOT 46 (1990): 81-96.
Mary T. Elliott, Ethics and Aesthetics in the Song of Songs," Tyndale Bulletin 45 (1994): 137-152.
Cheryl Exum, "A Literary and Structural Analysis of the Song of Songs," Zeitschrift für die AIttestamentliche Wissenschaft 85 (1973): 47-79.
Meredith G. Kline, “Bible Book of the Month—Song of Songs” Chistianity Today 3 (1959): 22-23,39.
S. F. Grober, "The Hospitable Lotus: A Cluster of Metaphors: An Inquiry into the Problem of Textual Unity in the Song of Songs,"
Semitics 9 (1984): 86-112.
Francis Landy, "The Song of Songs and the Garden of Eden,"
JBL 98 (1979): 513-28.
Meir Malul, "Janus Parallelism in Biblical Hebrew: Two More Cases (Canticles 4,9.10)," Biblische Zeitschrift 41 (1997): 247-248.
Roland E. Murphy, "The Structure of the Canticle of Canticles," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 11 (1949): 381-391.
________ "The Unity of the Song of Songs," Vetus Testamentum 29 (1979): 436-443.
Iain Provan, "The Terrors of Night: Love, Sex, and Power in Song of Songs 3" in S. K. Soderlund, et al eds., The Way of Wisdom:
____ Essays in Honor of Bruce K. Waltke, Zondervan 2000: 150-167.
William Shea, "The Chiastic Structure of the Song of Songs," Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 92 (1980): 378-96.
W. G. E. Watson, "Some Ancient Near Eastern Parallels to the Song of Songs" in Jon Davies et al eds., Words Remembered, Texts Renewed,
____ Sheffield Academic Press, 1995: 253-271.
Barry Webb, "The Song of Songs: As Love Poem and as Holy Scripture," Reformed Theological Review 49 (1990): 91-99.
Edwin C. Webster, "Pattern in the Song of Songs," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 22 (1982): 73-93.
Ernst R. Wendland, "Seeking the Path through a Forest of Symbols: A Figurative and Structural Survey of the Song of Songs," Journal of Translation
____ and Textlinguistics 7 (1995): 13-59.

More Commentaries of Interest:

A. Bloch and C. Bloch, The Song of Songs: A New Translation with an Introduction and Commentary, Random House, 1995.
Franz Delitzsch, BIblical Commentary on the Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes, T & T Clark, 1891.
James Durham, Song of Solomon, Banner of Truth, 1982.
Christian D. Ginsburg, Song of Songs and Coheleth, KTAV, 1970.
Robert Gordis, The Song of Songs and Lamentations, KTAV, 1974.
Othmar Keel, The Song of Songs (Continental), Fortress Press, 1997.***1/2
George A. F. Knight and Friedemann W. Golka, Revelation of God: The Song of Songs & Jonah (ITC), Eerdmans, 1988.
two brief commentaries in one volume: Knight on Song, Golka on Jonah.

Marvin Pope, Song of Songs (Anchor), Doubleday, 1977.

Raymond Jacques Tournay, Word of God, Song of Love: A Commentary on the Song of Songs, Paulist Press, 1988.
reads the song as both an allegory of divine love and a human love song.

Sierd Woudstra, "The Song of Solomon" in The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, The Southwestern Company, 1968: 595-604.

More Monographs of Interest:

John Bradley White, A Study of the Language of Love in the Song of Songs and Ancient Egyptian Poetry (SBL Dissertation, 38), Scholars Press, 1975.
Roger Ellsworth, He is Altogether Lovely: Discovering Christ in the Song of Solomon, Presbyterian & Reformed, 1998.

Marcia Falk, The Song of Songs: A New Translation and Interpretation, Harper & Row, 1990.
reads the song as thirty-one thematically and literarily related love poems in three voices.

Craig S. Glickman, A Song for Lovers, Inter Varsity, 1976.
evangelical, devotional, application-oriented

Michael D. Goulder, Song of Fourteen Songs (JSOT Sup, 36), Sheffield Academic, 1986.
Andre C. LaCocoque, Romance, She Wrote: A Hermeneutical Essay on Song of Songs, Trinity Press International, 1998.
Abraham Mariaselvam, The Song of Songs and Ancient Tamil Love Poems: Poetry and Symbolism (Analecta Biblica), Pontificio Istituto Biblico,
____ 1988.

More Articles:

Roland Boer, "The Second Coming: Repetition and Insatiable Desire in the Song of Songs," Biblical Interpretation 8 (2000): 276-301.
Athalya Brenner, "Aromatics and Perfumes in the Song of Songs," JSOT 25 (1983): 75-81.
Marc Z. Brettler, "Sensual or Sublime: On Teaching the Song of Songs" in Barry N. Olshen and Yael S. Feldman eds., Approaches to Teaching
____ the Hebrew Bible as Literature in Translation (Approaches to Teaching World Literature, 25), Modern Language Association of America,
____ 1989: 133-135.
C. F. Burney, "Rhyme in the Song of Songs," JTS 10 (1909): 584-587.
D. M. Carr, "Gender and the Shaping of Desire in the Song of Songs and its Interpretations," JBL 119 (2000): 233-248.
G. Lloyd Carr, "The Love Poetry Genere in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East: Another Look at Inspiration," JETS 22 (1979): 103-114.
________ "The Old Testament Love Songs and their Use in the New Testament," JETS 24 (1981): 97-105.
Peter Cotterell, "The Greatest Song: Some Linguistic Considerations," Bible Translator 47 (1996): 101-108.
Carol Meyers, "Gender Imagery in the Song of Songs," Hebrew Annual Review 10 (1986): 209-223.
Greg W. Parsons, "Guidelines for Understanding and Utilizing the Song of Songs," Bibliotheca Sacra 156 (1999): 399-422.
J. Paul Tanner, "The Message of the Song of Songs," Bibliotheca Sacra 154 (1997): 142-161.
C. E. Walsh, "A Startling Voice: Woman's Desire in the Song of Songs," Biblical Theology Bulletin 28 (1998): 129-134.
Wilfred G. E. Watson, "Parallel Word Pairs in the Song of Songs" in M. Dietrich, et al, eds., 'Und Mose schrieb dieses Lied auf': Studien zum
____ Alten Testament und zum alten Orient (Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 250), Münster 1998: 785-808.

Not Yet Reviewed:

Dianne Bergant, The Song of Songs (Berit Olam), Liturgical, 2001.
Athalya Brenner, Song of Songs (Old Testament Guides), Sheffield Academic, 1989.