Pople, John | Published in 2017 | Paperback (226 pages)
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth” opens the lyrics of the Bible’s most complex Old Testament mystery: Solomon’s enigmatic Song of Songs. In truth, the Song is exactly as it appears: an intensely passionate expression of romantic love, both ascetic and sexual, between two lovers; with the poetry structured as a chiasmus, i.e. in two anti-symmetric halves.
The Song’s lovers are forever imprinted as timeless emblems for this flawless – except godless – love; and the divine Hand enriches the Song symbolically, creating an allegorical overlay with spiritual instruction. The literal storyline and interwoven allegorical messages coexist effortlessly: rooting the Song on Earth does not limit it reaching to Heaven.
The spiritual lessons imprinted in the Song are simple, profound and highly relevant to the 21st century disciple; and the manner in which they can be seen to emerge from the symbology, fascinating.