Monday, June 16, 2008

Kugel on How to Read the Bible

My copy of this book went astray in the mail - so I paid for postage but didn't get the delivery.

The CBC interview is well worth hearing.

But - more to come: don't 'spiritualize' the Song. This is one way of hearing Kugel's 'explanation' of why the Song is in the canon when as he says many 'consider its original meaning inappropriate'. Rather let the Most High by the Spirit incarnate the Song in you. Then you don't need to explain.

In other words the author, redactor, canon-former found the 'secondary' meaning not by bringing earth to heaven, imagining what is appropriate or not, but by letting heaven in on earth, knowing the reality of forgiveness in action.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for thy love is better than wine.

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