Message of the Song of Songs

ISBN-10: 0830812350

ISBN-13: 9780830812356

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tom Gledhill

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At first reading the Song of Songs appears to be an unabashed celebration of the deeply rooted urges of physical attraction, mutual love and sexual consummation between a man and a woman.Tom Gledhill maintains that the Song of Songs is in fact just that--a literary, poetic exploration of human love that strongly affirms loyalty, beauty and sexuality in all their variety. With tender metaphor and extravagant imagery, the Song writer spins a tale of human love into the cadence of verse, innocent of our quest for historical persons behind the text.But in God's story, human beauty, intimacy and sexuality are not ends in themselves. They are transencedental longings, whispers of immortality. Like all of creation they point beyond themselves to their divine author, who in this Song is nowhere mentioned but everywhere assumed.Gledhill's commentary is a refreshing reminder of the Song of Song's ancient and vibrant affirmation of human sexuality that forms an interlude in the Old Testament story and echoes between the lines of Christian revelation.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 8/7/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Gledhill is lecturer in biblical languages and Old Testament at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales in Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales. His articles and book reviews have appeared in Themelios, Foundations and Bible Translatores Magazine.

General preface
Author's preface
Chief Abbreviations
An orientation to the Song
The Song as poetic entertainment
The role of Solomon in the Song
The shepherd hypothesis
The morality of the Song
God, sexuality and allegory
The Song in the Canon of Scripture
The unity and structure of the Song
The Song as a whole
An overview of the text of the Song of Songs
A literal translation of the Song
A free paraphrase of the Song
An exposition of the Song
Title and attribution
The first cycle: Passionate longings
The deep yearnings of love
Black and beautiful
A hesitant enquiry, an ambiguous response
A filly in fine fettle
The fragrance of love
A duet of mutual admiration
Moving towards climax
The second cycle: Springtime and showers
Love in the springtime
A tantalizing tease
An affirmation and an invitation
A very troubled dream
The third cycle: The lovers' royal wedding
Her rustic fragrant beauty
Solomon's sumptuous carriage
In praise of his beloved
The lover's urgent plea
A lover smitten
Moving towards a climax again
Reflections on themes arising from
Chastity and virginity
Laughter and bodies
Hang-ups and Augustine
Sex as sacrament
The language of sex
The fourth cycle: Lost and found
Another dream of frustation
The daughters of Jerusalem reply
In praise of her lover
An offer of help
Not really lost
The fifth cycle: Beauty kindles desire
Her awesome and terrifying beauty
She is utterly unique
Her cosmic beauty
Dreaming in the walnut garden
A sight for tired eyes
Her graceful form
A duet of desire
Love in the countryside
A longing for intimacy
The sixth cycle: The security of love
The happy couple
Love's arousal
Love, strong as death
The little sister
A vineyard not for hire
The continuing cycle of desire
For further thought
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