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...]

Love in the Key of Delight 22

The shepherd’s lover now will give a second long speech; the first one was in 2:8–3:11 which was followed by his speech (4:1–5:1). Now she speaks in 5:2–6:3: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 21

The young shepherd lover continues his delight in his lover by cmparing her to his own garden of delights, a garden locked so that only he and she will enjoy that garden: [Read more...]

Love in the Key of Delight 20

A word for men … the Song of Songs brings into poetic imagery the delight of love. The delight in love that both a woman and man enjoy — only rarely, however, do both bring into poetic expression to one another such delight in one another. This is not a sex manual, but a poetic [Read More...]

Love in the Key of Delight 18

The shepherd-lover announces his intent in 4:6 in words that are charged with emotion that is masked for all but the two lovers themselves — we watch only by entering into the imagery: [Read more...]


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