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Edwards the ExegeteBiblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment$
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Douglas A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793228.001.0001

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Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth

Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth

(p.113) 6 Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth
Edwards the Exegete

Douglas A. Sweeney

Oxford University Press

This more focused chapter explores Edwards’ exegesis of the book of Canticles (Song of Songs) as a locus classicus of his Christological exegesis. A precious centerpiece of biblical exposition for much of its history, Canticles is seldom preached today by Christian clergy. It has lost its former luster. Nearly all modern scholars have decided that it must not be interpreted allegorically. Most see it as a book about the joy of sexuality. It is easy to forget the high place the Song has held in most of the history of exegesis. Here we see that Edwards read it largely as most Christians before him—as a noble song of Christ, heaven’s gallant royal bridegroom, and the love He shares with the bride He came to save.

Keywords:   Edwards, Christological exegesis, sexuality, Song of Songs

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