The Song of Solomon: An Invitation to Intimacy (Preaching the Word)
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While this biblical text has been subject to a broader range of interpretation probably than any other book in the Bible, Wisdom Literature expert Doug O'Donnell' s The Song of Solomon: Invitation to Intimacy offers this comprehensible guide to help uncoil its complexities and solve its riddles. He explores the poetry, themes, and wisdom of this song from a Christocentric perspective, and gives us a profound, rich, and witty reflection that encourages right thinking and behavior.
Showing how this "song of songs" is meant to teach us about biblical sexuality and God's heart for his people, O'Donnell elucidates on the greatest subject of all time-love.
Preaching the Word commentaries are written by pastors for pastors, as well as for all who teach or study God's word. With pastor R. Kent Hughes as the series editor, experienced pastors and teachers model expository preaching and practical application. This series is noted for its steadfast commitment to biblical authority, clear exposition of Scripture, and readability. It is widely accessible for seasoned and new pastors, as well as men and women hungering to read the Bible in a fresh way.
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Exploring the poetry, themes, and wisdom of this song from a Christocentric perspective, ODonnell elucidates on the greatest subject of all timelove. Part of the Preaching the Word seriesknown for its clear exposition and accessibility.
Douglas Sean O'Donnell (MAs, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College) is senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. In addition to serving as an instructor for the Charles Simeon Trust, ODonnell is a member of the North American Patristics Society, the U.S. Board of the Irish Bible Institute, the Center for Pastor Theologians, and the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the author of a number of books, including The Beginning and End of Wisdom, The Song of Solomon and Matthew in the Preaching the Word commentary series, and Psalms in the Knowing the Bible series.
R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
-Douglas A. Sweeney,
Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
The wisest man this side of the incarnate Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, on a topic that always grabs attention, in poetry, in the Biblecould it get any better than the Song of Songs? You won't want to miss Doug ODonnells exposition of the most sublime song.
-James M. Hamilton, Jr.,
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Gods Glory in Salvation through Judgment
Song of Solomon is a delicate portion of Scripture, and Christians in our sex-crazed culture desperately need a biblical perspective on love and intimacy. Doug ODonnell is a thoughtful, knowledgeable, reliable guide to this seldom-preached book. ODonnell is himself a poet and scholar, sensitive to both the art and academic rigors of Solomons Song. He hits the mark of being exegetically accurate, thoroughly canonical, and boldly Christological.
Senior Pastor, Tulsa Bible Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
These days the Song of Solomon is often treated on the one hand as merely a manual of practical teaching about sex and relationships that says nothing about Christ or, on the other hand, as a picture of the relationship between Christ and the church that says nothing to the marriages of ordinary men and women. Doug ODonnell has given us a masterful exposition that unfolds the books very real wisdom for human relationships in a way that constantly and without allegory points us to the gospel. Highly recommended!
-Iain M. Duguid, Professor of Old Testament, Grove City College
It is a rare commentary that stirs the emotions. But then it makes sense that a commentary that ably presents the Song of Solomon would lead the reader not only to think deeply, but also to feel deeply and to worship whole-heartedly. ODonnells insights are fresh, clear, and personal, equipping readers to communicate the love of Christ for his bride from this ancient book in a compelling way.
Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
Our culture treats sex as an idol and the church often treats it as a taboo, rarely talking about it. This situation is a formula for disaster. We need more preaching and teaching in our churches, and the Song of Songs is an essential biblical resource that God has given us to lead us toward a godly theology and holy practice of sexuality. Doug ODonnell has given us a profound, rich, and witty reflection on the Song that will encourage depth of understanding and motivation for right thinking and behavior. I recommend this book enthusiastically for everyone, but particularly on those who preach and teach the book in a church context.
Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Doug ODonnell unfolds the Song of Solomon with personal and pastoral delightand with attention to the poetic text and the biblical context. Into his exposition are woven warm-hearted exhortations, rich literary allusions, and a great deal of wit. This volume helps us celebrate the Bibles celebration of married love.
Director of Womens Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; author and speaker, Living Word Bible studies
Simply brilliant! This is the book on the Song of Solomon Ive been waiting forfunny, moving, powerful, provocative, rigorously faithful to the text, and utterly Christ-centered. Doug ODonnell explains and applies this trickiest of books in a way which is always fresh, responsible, and captivating. As you read, you will be delighted and deeply challenged, and you will gasp at the incredible intimacy which God gives to his people, both in marriage and in knowing him forever. I know of no more helpful work on the Song of Solomon.
-J. Gary Millar,
Principal, Queensland Theological College; author, Now Choose Life
How absolutely refreshing, challenging, and affirming is Pastor ODonnells in-depth study of this love songthis Middle Eastern, centuries-old, wedding song celebrating the truly free love between a man and a woman in marriage. It is Gods provision to sustain loving marriages and renew loveless ones. This Song was written to give wisdom to the unmarried to wait and to give the married the wisdom to warm up to each other again and again. Pastor ODonnell lays down his own soul and writes in places, not only expositorily but also experientially, and the reader gasps. Here is a man who is as tender and as bold as the author of the Song of Songs. So with testimony and Biblical insight we are wonderfully led to the gospel, to God-breathed love that changes everything.
Pastor emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, A Pastor Prays for His People
Douglas ODonnell has a special gift in integrating careful exegesis, poetic sensitivity, theological reflection, and relevant application, all seasoned with vivid language and winsome humor. His commentary on the Song of Solomon opens up the richness of this delightful book, which unfortunately is too little preached and too little understood today.
-Daniel J. Estes,
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Cedarville University
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