The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs

A Contemplative Guide

Graeme Watson


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From its recorded beginning before Christ, this biblical poem was widely, and in fact exclusively, interpreted both by Jews and Christians as a hymn of God's passionate love for his chosen people. The Song of Songs is however a mysterious book, and the more modern reading of it as a celebration of human erotic love has largely displaced this older interpretation. Here, the author presents a contemporary mystical reading, with reference to some later Christian poetry, including John Donne, George Herbert and R. S. Thomas.


Graeme Watson:
THE REVD GRAEME WATSON is an Anglican priest who has worked in Edinburgh, Nottingham, Tanzania (with USPG) Taunton and Truro in pastoral posts and in training men and women for ordained and lay ministries. A spiritual director, he leads poetry workshops, quiet days and retreats, and is an Hon. Asst Priest on the staff at St Mary Stoke Newington, London. There he shares in the leadership of an ecumenical meditation group. He has written articles on George Herbert's mysticism and on the apophatic tradition in the Anglican Church.