Vol. 3, No. 2 (August 2003): Healing Words: The Song of Songs and the Path of Love


General Editors
William Elkins, Drew University
Willie Young, King’s College

Associate Editor
Kurt Richardson, McMaster University

Guest Editors
Dov Nelkin, University of Virginia
Basit Koshul, Concordia College
Chad Pecknold, University of Cambridge

Founding Editor
Peter Ochs, University of Virginia

General Editor’s Preface
Willie Young, King’s College


Editor’s Introduction to the Articles
Dov Nelkin, University of Virginia

Reading the Song Iconographically
Ellen Davis, Duke University Divinity School

Thinking Of/With Scripture: Struggling for the Religious Significance of the Song of Songs
Alon Goshen-Gottstein, The Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in World Religions

On the “Path of Love” Towards the Divine: A Journey with Muslim Mystics
Omid Safi, Colgate University


Reflections on the Commentaries
Basit Bilal Koshul, Concordia College

Flesh and Word: Notes Towards a Postcritical Reading of the ‘Song of Songs’
Oliver Davies, University of Wales

Divine Love: Roots and Manifestations
Muhammad Suheyl Umar, Iqbal Academy, Pakistan

Song of Songs Rabba and the Mind-Body Problem
Steven Kepnes, Colgate University

The Wisdom of Love for God’s Sake: Interpreting the Papers, and Our Scriptures, Together
David F. Ford, University of Cambridge

The Other as Mirror: Scriptural Reasoning and the Hermeneutics of Ibn Al-Arabi
Ahmed Afzaal, Drew University

Peeking into the Holy of Holies
Dov Nelkin, University of Virginia

The Song of Songs
Daniel W. Hardy, University of Cambridge

The Path of Love Toward the Divine
Qamar-ul Huda, Boston College

Transforming Love
Rachel Muers (Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK), for the Cambridge Society for Biblical Reasoning

Love, Divine Life and the Divine in Life
Basit Koshul, Concordia College

Response to “Thinking of/With Scripture” by Alon Goshen-Gottstein, “On the ‘Path of Love’ Toward the Divine” by Omid Safi, and “Reading the Song Iconographically” by Ellen Davis
Barry Harvey, Baylor University

‘The One Thing Needful’
Ben Quash, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

The Impossible Object: Learning to Read the Signs of Love
Chad Pecknold, University of Cambridge

“Do not stir up stir up or awaken love…”: A Response to the Papers (and Post-Meeting Commentary)
Jon Cooley, Centre College

Songs of the Song: Love’s Inscription in Abrahamic Texts and Commentary
Kurt Anders Richardson, McMaster University, McMaster Divinity College

Postcritical Fulfillment and Deferral: “Do Not Awaken Love Too Soon”
William Wesley Elkins, The Theological School, Drew University

The Song of Songs: From Affliction to Healing through the Text
Willie Young, King’s College, Pennsylvania

Report on the National Society for Scriptural Reasoning Meeting, Toronto 2003: Song of Songs
Chad Pecknold, University of Cambridge