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A Biblical Guide to Love, Sex and Marriage [Paperback]

By Derek Thomas (Author) & Rosemary Thomas (Author)
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'Isn't it strange that the church has so often been so coy about sex and sexuality! We cannot understand our humanity without them. It?s perhaps even stranger because the Bible is anything but coy when speaking of these things. Indeed the Bible picks up this profound and intimate thread in our self-understanding to lead us into a richer, deeper understanding of God and of how we relate to him in Christ. Song of Songs is the most glorious expression of this theme in Scripture. It is quite simply the greatest love poem ever written: expressing simultaneously and exquisitely the joy of human intimacy and the even deeper joy of the intimacy of our communion with God in Christ. The ecstasies of the one are in God?s grand design inextricably bound up with the ecstasies of the other and that?s what makes the Song so precious for every generation. Derek and Rosemary Thomas have done the Bride of Christ a great service in opening up the poetry of this book with spiritually-minded, yet practical warmth. It will not only bless its readers as it strikes a chord deep within the soul, but more than that, it will honour the God who has chosen to make himself known through this great poem.' - Mark G. Johnston, Grove Chapel, Camberwell

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Isn't it strange that the church has so often been so coy about sex and sexuality We cannot understand our humanity without them. It's perhaps even stranger because the Bible is anything but coy when speaking of these things. Indeed the Bible picks up this profound and intimate thread in our self-understanding to lead us into a richer, deeper understanding of God and of how we relate to him in Christ. Song of Songs is the most glorious expression of this theme in Scripture. It is quite simply the greatest love poem ever written: expressing simultaneously and exquisitely the joy of human intimacy and the even deeper joy of the intimacy of our communion with God in Christ. The ecstasies of the one are in God's grand design inextricably bound up with the ecstasies of the other and that's what makes the Song so precious for every generation.

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Studio: EP Books
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.49" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.27"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
ISBN  0852346611  
ISBN13  9780852346617  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Derek Thomas is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

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A Great Introduction to Song of Solomon  Jul 15, 2008
Though it has been thousands of years since it was written, and though countless people have made valiant attempts to decipher it, it seems as though we are no closer than ever to reaching a consensus regarding the Song of Solomon. Should it be read literally, as a poem that deals with love and sex? Or is this only a superficial meaning beneath which we will find a whole world of allegorical meaning pointing us to Christ? Or might it be some combination of the two, where it speaks both literally and allegorically? Christians continue to disagree.

In A Biblical Guide to Love, Sex and Marriage, a book geared primarily, I suppose, to married or engaged couples, Derek Thomas offers his understanding of Song of Solomon. By the book's title you will know that he offers a literal reading. He asks the reader to keep three things in mind: first, that Song of Solomon is a book about love, marriage and sex; second, that in teaching us about intimate relationships in marriage, it helps us understand how marital union reflects Christ's relationship to the church corporately, and the believer individually (though he argues that this is not its primary intent; third, he reminds the reader that Song of Solomon, strange and difficult though it may seem, is God's inspired and inerrant Word and must be treated as such. "The Holy Spirit thought it necessary that we be given these love poems to teach and exhort us to love more deeply the one he has provided to share our lives with."

Through eight chapters, then, Thomas provides some exposition of the Song and a good deal of valuable application. An excellent appendix offers information about the historical interpretations of the book and a list of recommended resources for further study. Though it seems clear that the content of this book arose from a teaching series, it does not read as a collection of sermons. Instead, it reads as a collection of wise advice from a man (and his wife) who have been married for over three decades. Using Song of Solomon as his text, he shares biblical wisdom on an always-difficult topic. It certainly widened my understanding of this portion of Scripture and gave me much to meditate upon as I think about my own marriage.

I was glad to see that Thomas did not treat the Song of Solomon as if it is a book of sexual technique, meant to guide us step-by-step in the bedroom. I've often read interpretations of each of the poem's elements that use it to defend all kinds of behavior, good or bad, and I'm quite sure this is often done at the expense of a fair reading. This book offers nothing in the way of technique but much in the way of the big picture. Also, while Thomas insists on a literal interpretation of the Song, he does not go into any great or graphic detail. He remains cautious and dignified, focusing more on the aspects of love and marriage than on pure sexuality.

A Biblical Guide to Love, Sex and Marriage is a short book and one that is easy to read, both as a "Christian living" kind of book and as an overview of the Song of Solomon. I recommend it.
 

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