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At the time of the English Reformation, the Song of Songs was not
deleted from the Bible, but it was left out of the lectionary.  This was
justified on the grounds that it caused some people "in such corrupt
manner to speak of Christ his holy marriage with his Church, as if they
would read some wanton, idle, amorous pamphlet."(Thomas Hutton, _Reasons
for Refusal of Subscription to the booke of Common Praier...With an
Answere at several times returned_, 1605, p.125-128.)

Sharon Arnoult
History Department
Southwest Texas State Univ.


> "Ryan, Thomas" wrote:
> 
> You speak in jest of the deletion of the Song of Songs from the
> Bible.  But, in fact, I've heard of just that.  I don't when, I don't
> know in what language, but I've heard of Bibles from which the Song
> has been deleted.  Can anyone confirm this and give more details?
> 
> Thanks,
> Tom Ryan
> 
>           -----Original Message-----
>           From:   Francine Nicholson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>           Sent:   Wednesday, March 22, 2000 3:27 PM
>           To:     [log in to unmask]
>           Subject:        RE: Comments, anyone...
> 
>                   I'd say that they didn't understand the connection
>           between mystical
>           experience and erotic imagery. Hmm, they probably wouldn't
>           appreciate
>           Bernard's ideas about the Song of Songs, too. Actually, they
>           probably would
>           prefer that the Song of Songs be deleted from the Bible.
> 
>                   Francine


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