Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, “An Introduction to the Song of Songs,” Review and Expositor 105 (2008): 392
"This greatest of songs has long puzzled both Jewish and Christian interpreters. Until modem times both communities of interpreters understood the Song as a symbolic account of God’s love of Israel or for the Church. However, modern scholarship has made clear that the Song is love poetry pure and simple. As such the poems promote an understanding of sexual love as blessed, holy, a place of divine presence. They provide a basis for a theology in which sexual relationship is whole and redeemed."
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