Join celebrated Great Books professor Father Nicholas Ayo in exploring one of the Bible’s most unusual books.
At once sensual (even erotic) and sacred, The Song of 43 Songs, sometimes known as the "Canticle of Canticles" or "The Song of Solomon," contains some of the world's most beautiful love poetry. Now, discover how these unique and astonishing poems found their way into the Bible.
The mutuality and equality of man and woman in courtship are rarely encountered in the Bible and antiquity. Nowhere else in the Bible is human love so suffused with such descriptive beauty. You will examine these poems line by line, looking at their implications for human love, which is affirmed and uplifted. Our contemporary culture seems at some times to be too puritan, and at other times, too lascivious. Discover how these timeless biblical poems find a medium, honoring both soul and body in human love.
With Father Ayo as your guide, you will gain clarity about the overall scheme of the poetry, examining its language and historical background. You will discover how the Song of Songs spoke to the ancient listener and how it continues to speak to our contemporary world. You will gain invaluable insight into the beauty and wisdom in the Song of Songs.
Explore the timeless power of Song of Songs today.
This course is part of the Learn25 collection and includes a free PDF study guide.