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Lamentations and the Song of Songs: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible) Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Stephanie Paulsell is Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0664233023
- ISBN-13 : 978-0664233020
- Dimensions : 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
- Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press (April 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #690,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is intended to be a theological resource for the Church and believers at large. It is hoped that the commentary will complement and encourage diligent study of the Bible through informed reading that is appreciative of the contexts behind each book. Rather than making this commentary another historical treatise or an encyclopedia of the contexts behind the two books, it aims at a theological interpretation of Lamentations and the Song of Songs. Working with theologies laid out in hymns, Church creeds, and other resources, the authors aim at an interpretation of the book that understands the past, grapple with present issues, and to build a bridge for application and meaning for the now and the future. The list of references is formidable, with a collection of some of the best scholarship and academic authority available in the English speaking world.
Instead of calling it a commentary on Lamentations, the authors take on a "considered appreciation of a timeless masterpiece." Using the "ruined cities" imagery of the past, the authors invite readers to journey together to discover and to participate in lamenting the pains and sufferings mankind has faced through sicknesses, wars, injustices, and reasons to weep for the broken world. Three theological issues are considered, namely:
1) God and the perceived absence of God
2) Spiritual significance of memory
3) The problem of evil / Theodicy
The authors use these three theological issues to deal with six ethical matters (Rape, torture, exile, starvation, humiliation, pornography and war). In the final part, they provide commentary of what it means at a theological application level. Here they give us reflections on modern prosperity, community or the lack of it, revenge and reconciliation, healing, and the place of Jerusalem today. Interestingly, they conclude this part with thoughts on Hitler, the WWII Holocaust, 9/11, and pleads for readers to learn to use Lamentations not as a way to solve these issues, but to learn to experience pain and show solidarity with the suffering.
SONG OF SONGS
It is not easy to find a theological understanding from what seems like love poems. Rather than hemming in the book into any one categories, the authors choose to go with the flow of appreciating each human emotion of love. The physical and the emotional blends together with any intellectual understanding. It is a book of emotion as it enables one to experience the heights of joy and happiness. It is a book of sensuality as it details the different ways in which the emotions are described in physical terms. It is a book of love relationships as we read of a love that is stronger than death. It is a book of devotion in the sense that we can use the Song of Songs to point us to the Great God of Love. Using imageries of Sabbath, Jerusalem, vineyards, the incarnation, and many more, the authors enable modern readers to learn to appreciate this rarely preached book.
This is a highly readable theological volume to accompany the teaching or the preaching of Lamentations and the Song of Songs. I find it extremely helpful not only in pulpit planning or course structuring, but also in terms of personal devotional reading. The theological underpinnings drawn out are by themselves worth the price of the book.
This book is provided to me free by Westminster John Knox Press and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
Harvey Cox tackles the book of Lamentations and Stephanie Paulsell writes on the SONG of SONGS.
Cox's commentary isn't a verse by verse one, but instead consists of such tough topics as torture, rape, war, evil, and revenge. All of his short chapters get the reader to really think about these subjects, and chapter 5, WHEN IS MOURNING REAL? is one of the best in the entire book.
Cox seems to believe that Jeremiah didn't write Lamentations, which is certainly his perogative to do, but to say that "most" scholars agree that he didn't write it seems a bit outlandish.
Also he refers to the author of Lamentations as the Poet, but throughout refers to the Poet as "she," (34, 47, 48, 55, 59, 62, 89, 95, 111, 119, 135, 148, 153) but at least one other times as "he or she." (53)
Would've been better if he had simply left it as "the Poet" without referring to he or she.
Paulsell's commentary on the Song of Songs is a verse by verse compilation, and she writes in great detail and makes the book come alive.
Overall a good read.