Nov 20, 2009

Understanding Song of Songs as a Canonical Text

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford asks and then answers: "How, then, do we understand the Song of Songs in its canonical text"?

"As a simple erotic love song built on the model of other erotic love songs from the ancient Near East? A love song that celebrates the sexual love of one human for another? YES.

"As an allegory for the love of God for humanity? As the love of God for Israel? As the love of Jesus for the Church? YES.

"As a glimpse of Eden redeemed? A place where the created good is celebrated? YES,
by all means, YES."

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, “An Introduction to the Song of Songs,” Review and Expositor 105 (2008): 399–400.

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