I’ve been radically busy with things in my personal life, as well as working on several novels at once in various stages of completion. I have began a study on love in the Song of Solomon that I will be posting soon in several segments. It’s an interesting study, and I want to show that SoS isn’t just about eroticism, about sexual love. It’s about marital love, period, that includes to some people’s surprise, agape love. Affection, endearment.
I just read on a study on the Jewish understanding of sexuality, and that helped considerably. One thing I took away from it is that marital love is intended to involve the total person. It’s not just a physical act, but is intended to unite men and women to the depths of their soul, which is clear from the expressions of love included in “the Song”.
Another thing I came away with, contrary to some men’s concept of marital love is that marital intimacy cannot objectify the spouse. If it does, it strips them of their humanity which is a violation of God’s love.
As Christians, we sometimes see our faith as being divorced from Judaism, and in some respects it is, but I believe it is helpful to go back to Judaism and obtain some wisdom from it. There is considerable wisdom there.
In any case, something to look forward to.