Embracing the Divine Feminine: Finding God Through God the Ecstasy of Physical Love-The Song of Songs Annotated & Explained

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More than ancient erotic love poetry, this celebration of the human relationship with Wisdom can be a companion for your own spiritual journey.

The Song of Songs is the Hebrew Bible's deeply erotic poem of love, sexual yearning and consummation. Holding it sacred yet troubled by its thinly veiled eroticism, Jews and Christians for millennia have read the Song of Songs as an allegory of God’s love for Israel—the classic Jewish understanding—or Jesus’s love for his Church—the ...

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Embracing the Divine Feminine: Finding God Through God the Ecstasy of Physical Love - The Song of Songs Annotated & Explained

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Overview

More than ancient erotic love poetry, this celebration of the human relationship with Wisdom can be a companion for your own spiritual journey.

The Song of Songs is the Hebrew Bible's deeply erotic poem of love, sexual yearning and consummation. Holding it sacred yet troubled by its thinly veiled eroticism, Jews and Christians for millennia have read the Song of Songs as an allegory of God’s love for Israel—the classic Jewish understanding—or Jesus’s love for his Church—the classic Christian understanding. This fresh translation restores the Song’s eroticism and interprets it as a celebration of the love between the Divine Feminine and the contemporary spiritual seeker.

Scholar and award-winning teacher Rami Shapiro renders this ancient love song as Lady Wisdom offering seekers physical and spiritual intimacy with her so that they might awaken to and participate wisely in the unity of God, woman, man and nature. His intriguing facing-page commentary provides historical, religious and spiritual insights from Christian and Jewish wisdom traditions as well as clear comparisons to other translations.

Now you can understand the poetry, beauty, genius and mystery of the Song of Songs with no previous knowledge of the Hebrew Bible or wisdom literature. Compelling in its novelty and accessible in its presentation, this version of the Song of Songs will beckon you more deeply into Jewish-Christian sacred texts while offering you wisdom teachings and practices rooted in but not limited to religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594735752
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/27/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 783,652
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rami Shapiro, a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions and a noted theologian, is a popular speaker on the topics of religion, theology and spirituality. He is author of the award-winning The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice; Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice and Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained; among other books.

Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Writing—The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice
  • Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice
  • Biblical Wisdom for Post-biblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job
  • The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life
  • Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice
  • Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader focusing in Christian Spirituality. She is principal teacher for the Contemplative Society in Victoria, British Columbia, and founding director of the Aspen Wisdom School in Aspen, Colorado. Her books include Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, Mystical Hope, and Love Is Stronger than Death. She serves on the core faculty for the Spiritual Paths Foundation whose mission is to promote curiosity, respect, and acceptance between people of diverse spiritual traditions.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Cynthia Bourgeault ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction
The Song of Songs as the Holy of Holies 1

God's Daughter
Wisdom as the Divine Feminine 17

Back to the Garden
From Eve to the Shulamite 29

Through My Flesh I See God
The Song of Songs as Jewish Maithuna 41

Chapter One 57

Chapter Two 67

Chapter Three 79

Chapter Four 87

Chapter Five 95

Chapter Six 103

Chapter Seven 109

Chapter Eight 117

The Path of Ecstasy
How to Use the Song of Songs 131

Notes to Front and Back Matter 143

Bibliography 147

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