The Crucible of Grace

  • Abi Doukhan


This chapter is a reflection on grace in the Song of Songs. What is striking about the Song is that the lovers endure, and this in spite of their essential differences, their irrecuperable mistakes, the depth of their betrayals and their continuous recklessness. In the end, love is said to triumph even over death! There is thus a quality of love which escapes human understanding and effort; it is a sacred flame that burns on in the heart of God even when the lovers find that their love for each other has cooled down. Our text thus seems to imply that the source of love lies beyond the lovers themselves and that it is thus that their love has been found to endure in spite of their mistakes. There is therefore an element of grace to love that is often forgotten.

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  • Abi Doukhan
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  1. 1.Queens College, CUNYFlushingUSA

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