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Song of Songs: The Soul and the Divine Beloved
     

Song of Songs: The Soul and the Divine Beloved

by John Davidson
 

On the face of it, the biblical Song of Songs tells the tale of a passionate and worldly love. Yet it contains not one word that speaks explicitly of God or spirituality, though the Song was accepted long ago into both the Jewish and Christian scriptural canons. In this enthralling book, John Davidson brings out the spiritual meaning of one of the most intriguing

Overview

On the face of it, the biblical Song of Songs tells the tale of a passionate and worldly love. Yet it contains not one word that speaks explicitly of God or spirituality, though the Song was accepted long ago into both the Jewish and Christian scriptural canons. In this enthralling book, John Davidson brings out the spiritual meaning of one of the most intriguing books in the Bible.

Over the centuries, both Jewish and Christian mystics have agreed that the Song should be understood allegorically, not literally — in keeping with the widespread use of metaphor, parable and story among the poets and mystics of the ancient Middle East.

From the perspective of a universal spirituality, John Davidson sheds light on many of the Song’s obscure passages, uncovering the artistry of its unknown poet. The commentary is illuminated by passages from biblical texts and other spiritual literature, including the teachings of Jesus, Gnostic writings, Jewish and Christian mystics, and some of the ecstatic psalms found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904555100
Publisher:
Clear Books
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Origins of Christianity
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

John Davidson has had a life-long interest in mysticism. Graduating in 1966 from Cambridge University with an honours degree in natural sciences, he took a post at the Uni-versity's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, where he worked for seventeen years. In 1984, he left the University to pursue independent interests and since then has written a number of books, including a series on science and mysticism and the ground-breaking work, The Gospel of Jesus - In Search of His Original Teachings. Read more about him at his website, www.johndavidson.org.

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