The Song of Solomon

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries

Volume 19

by G. Lloyd Carr

The Song of Solomon
paperback
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: June 18, 2009
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4219-3
  • Item Code: 4219
  • Case Quantity: 52

The Song of Solomon, as its Hebrew title indicates, is "the best of songs." In it we hear the passionate melody of romantic love. But whose love is described? Is it a couple's love for each other, God's love for Israel or Christ's love for the church? This Old Testament book has fascinated and perplexed interpreters for centuries. They have felt uncomfortable--even embarrassed--when confronted with its strange and erotic imagery.

"The Song is a celebration of the nature of humanity---male and female created in God's image for mutual support and enjoyment. There is nothing here of the aggressive male and the reluctant or victimized female. They are one in their desires because their desires are God-given." So writes Lloyd Carr in this introduction and commentary to the Song of Solomon. With his own unique style, Carr skillfully explains the meaning of this ancient love story in a way that can be clearly grasped and applied for Christians living in today's world.

The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series.

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CONTENTS

General Preface
Author's Preface
Chief Abbreviations
Select Bibliography
Introduction
The Place of the Song in Holy Scripture
The Date of the Book
Solomon
The Interpretation of the Song
The Song as Poetry
The Song as Love Poetry
The Vocabulary of the Song
The Structure of the Song
The Purpose of the Song
Subject Guides
The Garden Motif
Love
Lover (Beloved)
Wine
Analysis
Commentary

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Carr (Ph. D., Boston University) is professor of biblical and theological studies and chairman of the division of humanities at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

BY G. Lloyd Carr

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