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The Song of Songs: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators
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The Song of Songs: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators

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Eerdmans 2003

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$44.99

Overview

The Song of Songs, traditionally attributed to Solomon, is a collection of lyrics that celebrate in earthly terms the love of a bridegroom and a bride. Throughout the course of early Christian history, the Song of Songs was widely read as an allegory of the love of Christ both for the church and for its individual members. In reading the Song this way, Christians were following in the steps of Jewish exegetes who saw the Song as celebrating the love of God for Israel.

In The Song of Songs, the inaugural volume of The Church’s Bible, Richard A. Norris Jr. uses commentaries and sermons from the church’s first millennium to illustrate the original Christian understanding of Solomon’s beautiful poem. In recent times, the Song of Songs has been more a focus of literary than of religious interest, but Norris’ work shows that for early Christians, this text was counted, with the Psalms and the Gospels, among those Scriptures that touched most deeply on the believer’s relation to God.

All in all, Norris’ Song of Songs is a masterful work that aptly acquaints contemporary readers with the church’s traditional way of discerning this text. This volume—and the entire Church’s Bible series—will be welcomed by preachers, teachers, students, and general readers alike.

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Interested in the whole series? Be sure to check out The Church’s Bible (4 vols.).

Key Features

  • Illustrates the original Christian understanding of Solomon’s beautiful poem
  • Acquaints contemporary readers with the church’s traditional way of discerning this text
  • Explores commentaries and sermons from the church’s first millennium

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About Richard A. Norris Jr.

Richard A. Norris Jr. (1930–2005) was professor emeritus of church history at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, priest associate of the Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch (Manhattan), and diocesan canon in the Diocese of New York. He taught and wrote extensively on the history and development of doctrine in the early church. His major publications in the field include God and World in Early Christian Theology and The Christological Controversy.