September 26, 2008 Song of Songs is Subject of Oct. 28 Lecture By Debra Band
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The Song of Songs is the Hebrew Bible’s love song. But who sings this song? While the literal words tell of the passionate love of a man and a woman, the early rabbis understood the verses as an allegory of the love between God and Israel. In her illuminated manuscript, “The Song of Songs: the Honeybee in the Garden,” author and artist Debra Band interprets and illustrates the biblical text. Band will deliver an illustrated lecture based on her work at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Published by the Jewish Publication Society, “The Song of Songs” combines Band’s illuminated images with classic rabbinic texts and modern scholarship to create a new visual interpretation of this beloved poetry. Debra Band is the author of the illuminated manuscript and commentary, “I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms” (Jewish Publication Society, 2005). She obtained a B.A. honors degree in history from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and an M.S. degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work includes individually illuminated and papercut pieces that are held in private collections, community institutions and galleries in the United States and abroad.