Nuptial Symbolism in Second Temple Writings, the New Testament and Rabbinic Literature 

Divine Marriage at Key Moments of Salvation History 


In Nuptial Symbolism in Second Temple Writings, the New Testament and Rabbinic Literature, André Villeneuve examines the ancient Jewish concept of the covenant between God and Israel, portrayed as a marriage dynamically moving through salvation history. This nuptial covenant was established in Eden but damaged by sin; it was restored at the Sinai theophany, perpetuated in the Temple liturgy, and expected to reach its final consummation at the end of days.

The authors of the New Testament adopted the same key moments of salvation history to describe the spousal relationship between Christ and the Church. In their typological treatment of these motifs, they established an exegetical framework that would anticipate the four senses of Scripture later adopted by patristic and medieval commentators.

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André Villeneuve, Ph.D. (2013), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Assistant Professor of Theology at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO. His focus is on the relationship between Israel and the Church through the work of ‘Catholics for Israel.’

1 Introduction

2 Lady Wisdom’s Hymn of Praise (Ben Sira 24)

3 Philo and the Embracing Cherubim

4 Nuptial Symbolism in the New Testament

5 Nuptial Symbolism in Pseudepigraphical Texts

6 Nuptial Symbolism in Rabbinic Literatur

7 From Texts to Theology: Thematic Analysis

8 Conclusion and Epilogue


Index of Authors
Index of Sources
Index of Subjects
All interested in nuptial symbolism and the Song of Songs, the Garden of Eden, the Temple, prophetic eschatology, salvation history, biblical theology, and the canonical and typological interpretation of Scripture.
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