Covenant Love: A Symbolic Reading of the Song of Songs

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, January 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Covenant Love: A Symbolic Reading of the Song of Songs” by Nina Sophie Heereman from the Spring 2023 issue entitled The Spirit of Unity (Volume 50.1).

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “Covenant Love: A Symbolic Reading of the Song of Songs,” Nina Sophie Heereman unfolds how the Song of Songs was composed over generations with Israel’s experience of redemption in view. Hence, with regard to this work “[w]e are not dealing with a theological projection onto a merely secular love poem, but with a single process that interweaves the human and the theological from the beginning.” Focusing especially on the “Wedding of Solomon” cycle at the center of the poem, Heereman shows how the Song’s celebration of human marriage is at once illuminated by and mediates in turn Israel’s contemplation of her spiritual and cultic bond with God from Mount Moriah to Mount Sinai to the Temple in Jerusalem.

We will meet in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Use the east side parking lot and enter by the rear doors. Walk up the stairs. The Kateri Room is on your right before you enter the church proper.

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