Sexual Relations as Redeemed Intimacy: The Message of the Song of Solomon

Thursday, 07 Jun 2007

Until fairly recently, any interpretation of the Song of Solomon has focused on rescuing an apparently erotic and secular text from the condemnation of being "purely sensuous." This goal led the rabbis to read the Song as an allegory of God's love for Israel, and most Christian interpreters for two millennia noted a picture of the love between Christ and his church, Christ and the believer, or the relationship between God and Mary. Within the past generation, however, another perspective has emerged. The Song, accordingly, is regarded as love poetry that celebrates the intimate relationship between ...

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