Song of Solomon in the Concordia commentary series interprets this poetic book with reference to the holy estate of human marriage and the great mystery of Christ’s union with his betrothed bride, the church.
Solomon’s most beautiful poem contains a profound message of divine love, eschatological yearning, consummation, and eternal delights, with rich applications for the life of the church and all Christians.
A major portion of this commentary is devoted to hermeneutics and the development of a method of Old Testament interpretation that is Christological, ecclesiological, sacramental, and eschatological.
This work also incorporates insights from early church fathers and the few orthodox Lutheran theologians from previous centuries who have expounded the Song so as to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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About Christopher W. Mitchell: Dr. Christopher W. Mitchell serves at Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, as editor of the Concordia Commentary series. He studied at the University of Wisconsin—Madison (B.S., M.A., Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic studies) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (M.Div.).
Concordia Commentaries written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.
This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection.
The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.
Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ.
Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature. Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith–all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.
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