The biblical book that deals most extensively with romantic and sexual wisdom is the Song of Songs. In this commentary, A. Boyd Luter argues that the Song contains an inverted parallel structure that divides it into seven sections, taking a young couple from their initial longings and expressions of affection for each other, to their wedding day, and on to the various struggles that threaten to derail their love. For each section, Luter comments on the text and background of the Song and provides helpful suggestions for how it might be preached and applied today.
Luter’s tone is mature and reasonable throughout. . . . His commentary is detailed and frequently studded with references to the literature and to modern writers. . . . The book is full of helpful tables and charts. . . . Do I recommend the commentary? Yes. Will I use it if I ever teach the book? Absolutely, it will be a first point of reference.
—Dan Phillips, pastor, Copperfield Bible Church, TX
“God’s gift of romantic love can continue to be ‘almost paradise,’ if both lovers are fully committed.” (Song of Solomon)
“That sets in motion their exchanges of mutual admiration and desire that eventuate in her being overcome with the intensity of her romantic longing. Yet for the first of several times in the Song, she cautions her female acquaintances that erotic love must not be allowed to progress beyond appropriate bounds until the proper relational timing.” (Song of Solomon)
“It is possible that the Song of Songs is a poetic ideal, reflecting what Solomon believed love and marriage could be” (Song of Solomon)
“In the end, the Song’s lingering question is: What would be Solomon’s response?” (Song of Solomon)
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A. Boyd Luter is Adjunct Online Professor of New Testament at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored several books, including Looking Back, Moving On, God behind the Seen: Expositions of the Book of Ruth and Esther, and Inspired Preaching: A Survey of Preaching in the New Testament. Luter has written numerous articles and book reviews for various publications, including Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Faith and Mission, Journal of Pastoral Practice, and Criswell Theological Review.