Monthly Archives: February 2012

Song of Songs 5:2-8

The female in Song of Songs has an anxiety dream.  These are dreams in which one fears a future event or circumstance and works through the possibilities of its happening.  The dreamer is barred from fulfilling their wishes by something beyond their … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 4:1-5:1

Against ‘Settling Down’ (Iain Provan) Eros calls us to affirmation, but it also calls us to respect.  The most noticeable feature of 4:1-5:1, after the strong implication of female powerlessness in 3:6-11, is the way in which the man goes out of … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 3:6-11

The latter part of chapter 3 has Solomon rising up in a barren, loveless backdrop of imagery.  The NIV makes assumptions about Solomon and presents him as though he was approaching in majesty.  For example the first word in verse … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 3:1-5

The first five verses of Song of Songs 3 involve an erotic dream that the woman of the song has about her lover.  It is to be contrasted with the latter half of the chapter where Solomon uses his power to … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 2:14-17

The man entices the woman to leave her sanctuary with other women and come out into the open with him.  He promises protection from men who might want to do her harm, but most of all he promises her adventure … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 2:8-13

Physical strength and prowess are not essential for love, but they are to be admired.  The woman in Song of Songs compares her lover to a gazelle.  In other words her lover is sure footed and swift in the coutryside.  … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 2:3-7

The woman in Song of Songs attests that her lover is also unique.  He provides her with protection and pleasure.  The protection is highlighted through the mention of shade and a banner that cover her.  Protection from the sun comes … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 2:1,2

In Song of Songs chapter 2 the woman affirms her own beauty as a Rose of Sharon and as a lily of the valley.  This shows how a healthy self-image is what God desires for his people.  It is an essential … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 1:1-17

Intimacy includes open communication and disclosure.  In Song of Songs the couple are quite open about what they desire and how their bodies feel.  Our bodies comprise a part of our identity.  When our body feels good and looks good, we feel … Continue reading

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Song of Songs 1:1-17

A sexually empowered woman, a passionate lover, and a despotic king seem to comprise the major players in The Song of Songs.  The woman intrigues me because she is described in terms that sometimes describe a prostitute.  A prostitute enhances her sexual … Continue reading

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