From Sister-Wife to Brother-Neighbor: Rosenzweig Reads the Song of Songs

In: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
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  • 1 University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, North CarolinaUSA
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This paper investigates a sibling metaphor central to Rosenzweig’s reading of the Song of Songs in The Star of Redemption, in which the lovers yearn to be united in societal fraternity. His interpretation is marked by fraternal tropes and the subsequent effacement of gender. Rosenzweig transposes the erotic energy in the Song from a celebration of difference to a longing for sameness, a move that has exegetical, philosophical, and theological implications. Ultimately, the erotic sphere of revelation is surpassed by neighborly “brotherliness” in communal redemption.

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