ACT MONOGRAPH SERIES Gender in Solomonʼs Song of Songs by Alastair Ian Haines
Alastair Ian Haines, Gender in Solomon’s Song of Songs: Discourse Analytical Abduction to a Gynocentric Hypothesis, Australian College of Theology Monograph, Wipf & Stock, 2016.
This thesis shows that the Song of Songs can be read as a circular sequence of sub-poems, that follow logically from one another if they are understood as contributing to two main points, made in a woman’s voice. The woman urges men to take romantic initiative to be committed exclusively and for life, and urges women three times to wait until they are approached by such men. If this reading is the best explanation of the text of the Song, then the Song is a unified work centered on a woman singing about human romantic love from a woman’s perspective.
About the author: Alastair Ian Haines is an independent researcher in the theology of gender. He has also had articles published in other areas of interest. He lives in Sydney with his wife and son and attends church with an ethnically Indonesian congregation.