The Song of Songs Paperback
A contemplative guide
by Graeme Watson;
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The Song of Songs
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Aims to present the Song of Songs as a resource for contemplative prayer. From its recorded beginning before Christ, this biblical poem was widely, and in fact exclusively, interpreted both by Jews and Christians as a hymn of God's passionate love for his chosen people.
The Song of Songs is however a mysterious book, and the more modern reading of it as a celebration of human erotic love has largely displaced this older interpretation. Here, the author presents a contemporary mystical reading, with reference to some later Christian poetry, including John Donne, George Herbert, Gerald Manley Hopkins, and R. S. Thomas.
Graeme is an Anglican priest who has worked in pastoral posts and in training men and women for ordained and lay ministries. A spiritual director, he also leads poetry workshops and retreats and a meditation group. His first book “Strike the Cloud” about the 14th century classic, The Cloud of Unknowing, was published by SPCK.
The Song of Songs by Graeme Watson was published by SPCK in May 2014 and is our 39535th best seller. The ISBN for The Song of Songs is 9780281066902.
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The Song Of SongsJackie Rowe, via The Good Book Stall
This extremely well-researched books is an absolute gem for anyone who wishes to dig deeply into the Song of Songs (also regularly known as the Song of Solomon). It is accessible and readable, and really does lead into a contemplative appreciation of one of the least read books in the Bible.
The author skillfully achieves an intertwining of an explanation of the text with the way in which it impacts our understanding of God in our daily lives. For example, in commenting on chapter 2 verse 6 he writes 'From Origen onwards the verse has been interpreted as an expression of Christ's passionate love for the human soul, wrapping the soul in prayer ...' And the challenge to us is to reciprocate that love in passionate love for Him.
Near the beginning of the book Graeme points out that the Song of Songs offers a valuable resource for the prayer of silence and stillness, for contemplative prayer. So, I recommend this book for those who can take time to read it slowly and build the wisdom gained from it into their daily lives.
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Details for The Song of Songs
|Page last updated||12th May 2016|
|Author / Artist||Graeme Watson|
|Publisher||SPCK (May 2014)|
|Number of Pages||144|