Abstract

This article examines and evaluates eight different interpretations put forward by modern scholars to explain the meaning of the adjuration refrain in Song of Songs (2:7, 3:5, 8:4). While most of these positions can be judged unlikely due to their unsupported presuppositions or their dissonance with the immediate context and general themes in the Song, reading the refrain as an admonition not to disturb lovers indulging their passions best aligns with the context, literary structure, genre themes, as well as the grammar and syntax in these verses. Indeed, this interpretation readjusts the theology of sexuality in American Christianity, counterbalancing the NT focus on husband-wife roles and responsibilities with a portrait of passion as God's good gift to be celebrated and indulged in the proper context.

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