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The book of Song of Songs explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought of the book of Song of Songs.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary –


41 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Song of Songs

  1. I think its also important to highlight is that the woman was black. She says I am dark but lovely. I think this is important to understand because even today the black woman is perceived as the least desired. Maybe this is a representation of life today. Many times they (the couple) were separated, could that be because they had an interracial relationship. It was taboo to mix cultural blood lines. What if she, this dark woman was also saying you can’t help who you love amidst your ethnicity. God loves sees no color…hence the verse love is as strong as death. It also indicates nothing can stop or break love. Like Christ love for us no matter who we are or what or what we do.

    • This “highlight” totoally takes away from the meaning of the song of songs completely and is twisting it. Stop looking it as a color issue. black/white/yellow. this doesn’t exist in God’s eyes. Why twist a transcendent love to be a highlight of color? this is all ridiculous foolishness. Fools and worldy.

    • Philip Wright yes, and Jesus said if you state “you fool” you are in danger of the fires of hell. God went out of his way to create different races and he is proud of his work. equal in value does not mean the same and if the black community wants to enjoy the uplifted black characters of the Bible they have every right to.

    • “David wrote, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Paul told the Galatians they were foolish (Galatians 3:1). Jesus even said the Pharisees and scribes were fools in Matthew 23:17.”

    • There’s a fine line to walk between appreciating one’s shared identity in Biblical characters and actually twisting Sacred Scripture (and thereby theology, which therefore will potentially damn a soul) to suit one’s pride.

    • “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, ‘Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,’ be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, ‘You are not to go back that way again. He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold” – Deuteronomy 17:14-17

      For the record, it was not ok for a King to take many wives.

  2. If anyone wants to understand how the Song of Songs relates to Christians, I would suggest reading “Have you seen the One I Love”. Its a book that describes how the Song of Songs describes the relationship between the Shulamite woman (Christ’s church) and the male lover (Christ), the characters in the book. The Song of Songs is not just about physical intimacy!

  3. The Church Fathers taught this book was actually about the soul–usually understood as feminine–on the quest for God. Hence, the woman is ‘black’ insofar that she is marked by sin, but wishes to be cleansed and made worthy for her beloved, the Lord.

    • This notion of the ‘black’ soul is also found in the perennial philosophy, most notably in the allegories of the alchemists, as the soul in beginning its spiritual journey is understood to be ‘nigredo,’ that is, the black. The next stage is albumen, white (baptism), and finally rubedo, red, or the Blood of Christ as presented in the Holy Eucharist, which Christ taught as necessary for salvation (cf. Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22, 24; Luke 22:19, 24:30, 31; John 6:51, 52, 57, 58; Rom. 6:9; 1 Cor. 10:16; Acts 2:42, 46).

  4. The ‘sexual desire’ in Song of Songs might be better described as Erotic (the way the Greeks like Plato meant it) to modern ears, which have been perverted by pseudo-Freudianism, and who typically think of sexuality as relating merely to bodily or baser things. Ancient peoples understood a much wholler idea of sexual eros as one that relates to divine things at its highest capacity, and that the mystical experience is derived from that desire directed to the divine. Hence the Song of Songs has been known throughout Church history as “The Food of Mystics.”

  5. Can we also use the Song of Songs for not only a way to understand God, but also as a reference to our own love lives and how we should conduct ourselves or no?? Can this be used for people not married too (excluding anything “racey” haha)

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