Sensual Scripture

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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