The Message of the Song of Songs: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
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    By: Tom Gledhill

The Message of the Song of Songs: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]

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InterVarsity Press / 1994 / Paperback

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At first reading the Songs of Songs appears to be an unabashed celebration of the deeply rooted urges of physical attractions, 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 loyality, 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 transcendental 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.

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Title: The Message of the Song of Songs: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]
By: Tom Gledhill
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 0830812350
ISBN-13: 9780830812356
Series: Bible Speaks Today
Stock No: WW2350

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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.

Author Bio

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.

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