Book Review: The Song of Songs


Set me as a signet upon thy heart, as a signet upon thy arm!
For strong as death is love, hard as Sheol is passion. The flames of
it are flames of fire: a flame of Jehovah.
Great waters are not able to quench love, and floods drown it

Poetry will forever be that child—both ever-youthful and ancient—that playfully slips into the cracks of the centuries and laughingly says, ”I’m wordy silence and silent words.” The Song of Songs proves that, indeed, good poetry has always the ability to move the reader regardless of the era of its composition.

Good poetry immerses the reader not merely in a world where beautiful words abound, but in a world brimming with eternal, human truths cocooned in the sacred veil of mysticism.

The Song of Songs reads not only as one of the finest examples of poetic creation but, also, as one of the most exquisite erotic compositions ever conceived. With stunning imagery and resourceful, vibrant language, it offers a unique celebration of passion and sexual love between two lovers. The reader is exposed to the voices of two lovers who praise each other and yearn for each other’s physical presence.

The two lovers rejoice in their profound desire for each other, expressing their sexual intimacy with a burning holiness that paints their union with a mystical spirituality. Thus, this part of the Ketuvim is rendered a text of unparalleled literary value.

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