One of the most beautiful and mysterious books of the Bible is laid open for all to understand in this unparalleled work by Dr. Craig Glickman. With apparent ease, Glickman unveils the mysteries of the Song of Solomon in a popular-read format. But the surface simplicity is backed up by a lifetime of study and scholarship, three special appendices, and interpretive notes that validate his interpretation. Also included is a fresh translation of the Song published in this book for the first time.
Initial readers of this book offer resounding praise. This book is "the most fascinating book I have ever read about the Song," says Dr. Henry Cloud. Old Testament scholars praise it as an academic breakthrough: "clear, cogent, and convincing," says Dr. Eugene Merrill; "a valuable contribution to our translation and understanding of the Song," says Ed Blum, general editor of the HCSB translation. Dr. Paul Meier sums it up in these words, "Craig weaves thousands of years of wisdom together to paint a vivid word picture of emotional and sexual intimacy."
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Evangelical scholar Glickman has spent years studying the Song of Solomon, an investment that becomes apparent in the intricate cultural, historical and poetic detail he shares in this book. Glickman says that the poem, purportedly written by King Solomon to his bride Shulimath in celebration of their love, is more about openness to love itself than it is about mere physical pleasure, as is sometimes assumed. Glickman wonders aloud if Solomon ever truly experienced this rare love with Shulimath, "or only glimpsed the ideals he expressed in his Song." In either case, he says, Solomon paints a vivid picture of idyllic romantic courtship and physical consummation. Glickman carefully dissects each section of the song, and invites the reader to enter in to the intimacies Solomon enjoys with Shulimath via his generous, thoughtful commentary. Citing just a few of the song's lessons, Glickman shares some of the qualities of real love: love deepens through hardships, is jump-started by mutual shared delight, is a close companion with pain, is constant, vigorous and enduring, and binds lovers to one another. Although this book is an excellent commentary on Solomon, it's not exactly the romantic "how-to" guide that seems to be promised in the subtitle. Still, Glickman's work, which concludes with a hefty section on the design and translation of this song, is sure to engage readers' minds as they rediscover Solomon's timeless song of love.
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