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Preaching About Sex: Using the Song of Solomon to Challenge a Porn Culture

Last Updated: October 22, 2015

Episode 167

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Preaching about sex from the Song of Solomon

Three thousand years ago, Solomon’s most celebrated love song, “The Song of Songs,” presented a very countercultural view of sex, one that shattered both pagan and prudish views of sexuality. Today, the message of the Song of Songs is needed just as much as when it was written, to speak to a culture that needs to know the goodness and power of sex in God’s created order.

To help us unpack this rich topic, we are speaking with George M. Schwab, Sr., Professor of Old Testament at Erskine Theological Seminary. Professor Schwab is author of several books in Old Testament studies, including the revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary of The Song of Solomon.

Shows Notes:

0:37 – What is the book, The Song of Solomon, all about?

1:52 – What does the book tell us about the woman’s family life before she was married? What does this tell us about the way in which love best flourishes?

7:21 – What does the book mean when it warns the reader not to arouse or awaken love until it pleases?

9:56 – Why does the woman ask the maidens of Jerusalem to swear by “the gazelle” or by “the does of the field”?

12:34 – How is sex described in the Song of Solomon? How did it challenge alternative views of sex in the past? How does the Song of Solomon challenge views of sex today?

18:14 – The Song of Solomon hearkens back to Genesis in several ways. First, how does it describe the covenant of marriage?

20:12 – Second, how does it describe marriage as a reclamation of the Garden of Eden?

Professor Schwab’s Divisions of the Book:

Poem #1 – 1:2-12

Poem #2 – 1:13-2:7

Poem #3 – 2:8-17

Poem #4 – 3:1-5

Poem #5 – 3:6-11

Poem #6 – 4:1-7

Poem #7 – 4:8-5:1

Poem #8 – 5:2-8

Poem #9 – 5:9-6:3

Poem #10 – 6:4-10

Poem #11 – 6:11-7:12

Poem #12 – 7:13-8:4

Poem #13 – 8:5-7

Poem #14 – 8:8-14

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  1. Elizabeth

    Hi, the links to the mp3 / podcast above are all broken. Is there any way someone could email me a copy or get me a link to a copy that works. God bless anyone who can help. I really need to hear this show. Thanks.

    • Chris McKenna

      Hello, Elizabeth, I did a bit of research, and we are not going to revive the podcasts at this time. What specific topic were you hoping to hear about? I bet we can find some other resource that can help, instead. Please let us know.

      Peace, Chris

  2. Ayobami

    This is a awesome and timely exposition for me as a young person. Considering the undue attraction peers find in the Songs of Solomon over other scriptures, it wonderful to finally have a spiritually true basis upon which to establish the beauty of those poems!
    It really blessed me to listen to this one!
    God is blessing you guys! Amen!

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