Dismantling Injustice: A Disorderly Parable of the Song of Solomon

Dismantling Injustice: A Disorderly Parable of the Song of Solomon

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ISBN-13: 9781498289146
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,219,000
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

April Love-Fordham, with two degrees from Georgia Tech, spent twenty years in the corporate world, including several in Washington DC as a technology advisor. She attended seminary, receiving a master's from Columbia and a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell while pastoring two churches. Living with her husband and Great Dane in Atlanta, she is writing a series of Disorderly Parable Bible Studies, which includes James in the Suburbs (2014) on the Epistle of James. Learn more at aprillovefordham.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Catherine Meeks ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

The Meet Cute 1

1 Surprised by the Holy Spirit 3

2 The Shulammite 9

Spiritual Practice 1 Relationship Assessment 15

Conflicting Interpretations 17

3 An Ancient Opera: Song 1:1 19

4 Caleb's Interpretation: The Text of the Song of Solomon 26

Spiritual Practice 2 Lectio Divina 43

Act 1 The Palace In Jerusalem 45

5 The Harem: Song 1:2-8 47

6 Enslaved by Desire: Song 6:11-12 62

Spiritual Practice 3 Discerning Unjust Systems 70

Act 2 Solomon, the Oppressor 73

7 Solomon's Bedroom: Song 1:9-2:6 75

8 Resist the Oppressor: Song 2:7 90

Spiritual Practice 4 Eucharistic Remembrance 96

Act 3 The Good Shepherd 99

9 The Shulammite Sends me Shepherd Away: Song 2:8-17 101

10 The Shulammite Regrets Sending the Shepherd Away: Song 3:1-5 113

Spiritual Practice 5 Praying the Labyrinth 122

Act 4 Love Triangle 125

11 Solomon Seduces: Song 3:6-4:7 127

12 The Shepherd Romances: Song 4:8-5:1 136

Spiritual Practice 6 Radical Prayer 144

Act 5 The Shulammite's Nightmare 147

13 Beaten and Wounded: Song 5:2-8 149

14 Ridiculed: Song 5:9-6:9 157

Spiritual Practice 7 God in our Dreams 166

Act 6 Love Wins 169

15 Rejecting the Oppressor: Song 6:13-7:10 171

16 Commitment to the Shepherd: Song 7:11-8:14 183

Epilogue 192

Spiritual Practice 8 Prayer of Commitment 194

Appendixes 197

Appendix 1 Lesson Plans for Study Groups 199

Appendix 2 Character List 208

Bibliography 211

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