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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

Ancient Extrabiblical Parallels.

Pope (1977 ) supplies exhaustive lists of Song parallels in the ancient and pre-modern world, especially the Mesopotamian, Indian, and Islamic worlds. Fox (1985 ) does the same with Egyptian love poetry. Rabin (1973–4 ) and others draw attention to parallels in Tamil. A curious feature is that, in most if not all parallels, women's voices are quite pronounced in the context of pre-marital love poetry (in distinction from their situation in marital contexts). However, the subject-matter and experience of heterosexual love and passion is so universal as to render the parallels less significant than they would otherwise have been.

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