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Holy Sex: Song of Solomon Paperback – July 1, 2002
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The first third or so of the book is an exegesis of Song of Solomon. It is definitely not one of the best exegeses of that book, but it is still useful. I think Pearl is correct in seeing the book as primarily a story about Solomon and his lover. However, there are different interpretative outlines that other commentators have produced, and they should be explored.
The last two thirds of the book is Pearl's discussion of various aspects about sex, some of which are tied directly to Song of Solomon, some of which are not. In this section, the writing is rough, not well thought out, unscientific, and wrong in some areas. It seems as though he writes ideas that he just thought of, without first studying Scripture to see if it supports those ideas. Pearl also seems rather prideful and judgmental. If others do not hold his views, or do the things he thinks are wrong, they are condemned. He also seems prideful about his sexual experience.
Most of all, the writing is lacking in grace. As I mentioned, pride and judgment are present in the pages. He does have a section where he mentions Jesus and forgiveness, but Jesus/grace is not ever-present in this writing. The book reads like Pearl's interpretation of God's laws on sex, and condemns those who do not follow it. It makes me sad.
Even if Pearl's interpretation of God's law on sex is correct, Jesus and mercy are not emphasized. John 8 is a good foil to this reading.
When not discussing the S.o.S., Pearl loses ground even further; he apparently has only his personal marriage experience to draw on. Also, frankly, many of his comments are crude, and some of his translations of other scriptures are patently false. Beyond that, Pearl offers his own opinion as a statement of moral truth several times in the novel, with no scriptural backing. He's just not that talented of an author.
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Just read Song of Solomon with a dictionary. This book was basically a verse by verse, poetic interpretation of Song of Solomon.Published 7 months ago by Wills A.
Great Book - Easy to Read !! Good info !! Sex is a good thing, God gave it as a gift. Now see it as one. ONE LOVEPublished 10 months ago by Super-Grower
It's ok on some sexual stuff, but the book doesn't like the ass,finds it immoral, when the ass is a great pleasure zone of eroticism....Published 13 months ago by john brown