Love in the Key of Delight 33

The following lines are a puzzle for interpreters. Who is saying these words? [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 32

The man, having extolled the beauty of his lover as that of a royal city decked out with heavenly splendor and creating awe — like encountering God — now extols her beauty: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 31

The Song of Songs is a pastiche of songs and episodes. After the Shulamite woman sought and seemingly found her lover, he now echoes back to her a song that extols her physical beauty: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 30

The narrative of Song of Songs 5:2–6:3 surprises. The woman is in bed, her lover knocks at the door, she delays, he departs, she searches, she enlists the women of Jerusalem to tell him if they find him that she loves him, they ask where he is and she surprises us: “He’s right here. Tending [Read More...]

Love in the Key of Delight 29

The narrative that gives rise to the extolling by the woman of her lover’s physical attributes was that she was on the hunt for him after he seemingly departed from her bedroom door. So, the women of Jerusalem ask: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 28

An assignment for you. The woman has just described her lover’s physical attributes; he described her earlier. I’ll post both of these descriptions and ask you what you see in their differing descriptions: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 27

The women of Jerusalem ask the young yearning lover-woman what’s so special about her lover, and she answers with a listing of his attributes: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 26

Here’s a question the women of Jerusalem ask the woman who is seeking to find her absent lover: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 25

Song of Songs 5:2-8 tells a story of invitation, delay, disappointment and search — the woman is asleep, her lover knocks on the door, she delays in responding, he disappears and she searches for him. Love sometimes issues an urgent plea to respond … and yet in delaying or not delaying there can be danger [Read More...]

Love in the Key of Delight 23

Whether in her dream or in the reality of being awakened from a dream, the woman has teasingly said to her shepherd lover at the door that she is not attired to come to the door. But something happens that stirs her; he seemingly opens the door. But… [Read more...]


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