Calvin G. Seerveld’s Never Try to Arouse Erotic Love Until… is the best treatment of the Song of Solomon that makes sense of the whole of biblical redemptive history. I’ve always questioned how Song of Songs (as it is called) would be a positive treatment of Solomon having a single-hearted love. It is possible his first Egyption wife was the character, certainly, but it is more likely that it is as Seerveld explains: A critique of Solomon.
So, Seerveld’s Never Try to Arouse Erotic Love Until… helps. Furthermore, his expertise in the language helps solidify the theory by showing that there are clearly different voices in the Song of Songs. The evidence is overwhelming in that respect, and if I ever get chance to teach on it, I plan to quickly pick up Seerveld on the topic.
I commend this book to you who are wanting to learn the book for preaching and teaching, but also to young people who want to know what love should be like and what it never should be like. The drama also has potential to minister to the sexually abused and forsaken, the divorced, the single, and others. Pick up and read!