The Song of Songs, that most sensual of Old Testament poems, is not directly quoted by New Testament writers. But some New Testament interpreters suggest it is alluded to on a number of occasions. See what you think.

The bridegroom knocks

I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.” (Song 5:2)

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

Fragrance for the king

While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. (Song 1:12)

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:3)

Streams of living water

You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon. (Song 4:15).

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38)

3 thoughts on “Sensual Scripture

  1. I’ve never known that anyone made that connection. It seems like a stretch to me but maybe there is something in the original language that makes it more obvious.


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