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Variations on the Song of Songs

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Historically, the Old Testament's Song of Songs has always been interpreted as a mystical hymn of God's love for his people. More recently, it has been seen as a collection of secular love songs that Jewish and Christian tradition subsequently spiritualized. In this book Christos Yannaras unites both approaches in a powerful series of poetic images that invite us to see se ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published December 21st 2005 by Holy Cross Orthodox Press
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A poetic treatise and exploration of the erotic impulse in humanity as the impulse toward life-giving relation and "boundless personal communion" (p.30). This translation also beautifully identifies the quality of true desire that compels us toward "the wonder of mutual self-renunciation and self-offering..." in deep recognition and encounter of the other, within the approach of love where "there is no shame, because there is no defense or fear. Then the whole body speaks the language of the gla ...more
Katelis Viglas
Very erotic and philosophical scholia on Bible's text. The well known style of Christos Yannaras, always aiming at the centre of meaning. If someone is familiar with his writings from other books, he will not be disappointed. His references in the modern agony of living are merged with the ancient text, making it alive. A lot of his views on Christian love, which appeared clearly here, made many severe theologians of the Greek Church opposed him strongly.
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Christos Yannaras or Chrestos Giannaras, (Greek: Χρήστος Γιανναράς), is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and a philosopher and theologian of the Orthodox Church of Greece.

Dr. Yannaras was born on April 10, 1935, in Athens, Greece. He studied Theology at the University of Athens and Philosophy at the Universities of Bonn, Germany
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“To share out your soul freely, that is what metanoia (a change of mind, or repentance)really refers to: a mental product of love. A change of mind, or love for the undemonstrable. And you throw off every conceptual cloak of self-defense, you give up the fleshly resistance of your ego. Repentance has nothing to do with self-regarding sorrow for legal transgressions. It is an ecstatic erotic self-emptying. A change of mind about the mode of thinking and being.” 4 likes
“The word 'God' defines a personal relation, not an objective concept. Like the name of the beloved in every love. It does not imply separation and distance. Hearing the beloved name is an immediate awareness, a dimensionless proximity of presence. It is our life wholly transformed into relation.” 2 likes
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