Bernard of Clairvaux
- Title: On the Song of Songs I
- Author: Bernard of Clairvaux
- ISBN: 9780879077044
- Page: 187
- Format: Paperback
These eighty six sermons are among the most famous and most beautiful examples of medieval scriptural exegesis In them the modern reader can catch a glimpse of the genius an entire generation found irresistible.
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Though this is only the first of a four-volume work, Bernard is intriguing enough as a preacher to merit a few words. His sermons on the Song of Songs take some getting used to, being filled with allegorical theology intermixed with some intermittently strange imagery. What ultimately drew me in was the "ad hoc" quality of what Bernard preached to his monks, giving the reader a sense that he's eavesdropping on a conversation many centuries old. Of course, we only get Bernard's side of the dialog [...]
Bernard of Clairvaux was a Cistercian monk and this work is the first collection of his sermons on the Song of Songs. I always hope that these works would be a great inspiration to me and I could mine their theological depths, but I always come away slightly disappointed. Not that there isn't great insight in what Bernard says, but I often struggle with the way such ideas are packaged and presented.The biggest struggle is that Bernard approaches the Song of Songs and perhaps Scripture in general [...]
I intended to read this book for spiritual reading while at the seminary but I ended up using it as an aid for meditation.The great St. Bernard is not given the title "Doctor Mellifluus" (The Honey-sweet Doctor) by the Church for no reason. His words, though simple and unassuming carry with it a lyrical quality that is seen not so much in the complexity of phrase, as one would normally expect in many authors, but in the over-all flow of ideas as they are structured and presented, say, in a parag [...]
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