Song of Songs. An Intriguing Look at Love Poetry in the Bible. Sr. Diane Bergant Old Testament scholar. Set Me as a Seal – Mike Maher.
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An Intriguing Look at
Love Poetry in the Bible
Old Testament scholar
Set me as a seal on your heart. Set me as a seal on your soul. For strong as death is love, unyielding as the grave. Nothing will quench its flame, nothing will quench its flame. Kiss me, my love, that your name be on my lips. You intoxicate my beingwith the fragrance of your presence. How beautiful you are, my darling. Show me your face, let me hear your voice. Sweet as the dew in the early morn, like a lily among the thorns.I looked for you, the one my heart loves. I looked for you, but did not find you. I searched through the night until I rested in your sight. Now, I will never let you go. You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes. Your lips so sweet, adorned with honey. My hands, they drip with myrrh.
Poems of Yearning
(1:2-2:7; 2:6; 7:9b-10; 8:1-3)
Poems of Admiration
(1:9-17; 2:3; 4:9-15; 6:4-5a; 7:8-11)
Accounts of an Experience
(2:8-10a; 3:1-5; 5:2-8; 6:11-12; 8:5b)
Characterizations of the Lover’s Physical Form
(4:1-7; 5:10-16; 6:5b-7; 7:2-8)
Invitations to Meet
(2:10b-14; 4:8; 5:1; 7:12-14)
“Whether it is the woman in awe of the strength and splendor of her lover, or the man glorifying her physical charms, the descriptions all call on elements from the natural world to characterize the feature being described…” (156)
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As a lily among brambles, so is my love among maidens.” 2:1-2
“As an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” 2:3
“I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; I will seek him whom my soul loves.” 3:2
“Let us go out early to the vineyards…There I will give you my love.” 7:12
“O that his left hand were under my head and that his right hand embraced me.” 8:3
“While the Song describes love in many ways, it is probably its depiction as an elemental power, the force of which rivals the strength of death itself, that is the most startling.”
“Since the heart of biblical spirituality is love of God and love of the other, and since sexuality is the physiological and psychological grounding of the human ability to love, sexuality plays a very important role in spirituality.” (11)