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The Message of the Song of Songs (Bible Speaks Today Series)

The Message of the Song of Songs (Bible Speaks Today Series)

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In this latest addition to the scholarly, yet user-friendly Bible Speaks Today commentary series, Gledhill argues that beauty, intimacy and sexual consummation are to be celebrated, but not as ends in themselves. Rather, they point to another dimension, only occasionally and dimly perceived. God has chosen the love of a man and a woman as an image of his own love for his people. 254 pages, from InterVarsity Press.

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About "The Message of the Song of Songs (Bible Speaks Today Series)"

In this latest addition to the scholarly, yet user-friendly Bible Speaks Today commentary series, Gledhill argues that beauty, intimacy and sexual consummation are to be celebrated, but not as ends in themselves. Rather, they point to another dimension, only occasionally and dimly perceived. God has chosen the love of a man and a woman as an image of his own love for his people. 254 pages, from InterVarsity Press.
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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.
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Meet the Author

Tom Gledhill

Gledhill is lecturer in biblical languages and Old TestamentGledhill is lecturer in biblical languages and Old Testament at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales in Bridgend at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales in Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales. His articles and book reviews have appea, Glamorgan, Wales. His articles and book reviews have appeared in Themelios, Foundations and Bible Translatores Magazinred in Themelios, Foundations and Bible Translatores Magazine. e. C

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Fantastic commentary on the Song
5 stars By Angus, Sep 01 2016
While this book provides a good understanding of the Song and the meaning of its metaphors, it's real strength (a strength that is unmatched) is in its application. Gledhill provides insightful, profound and highly useful reflections on the nature of human sexuality. These ponderings are comprehensive, which means that this book will be of benefit to all, regardless of sexual or relational backgrounds and histories. A great place to start when tackling the Song.
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