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The Canticle of spiritual direction : a transformative approach to the Song of Songs

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dc.contributor.advisor Kourie, Celia Ellen Teresa, 1946-
dc.contributor.advisor Hardy, Richard P. Lam, Judy Elise 2012-11-22T11:22:29Z 2012-11-22T11:22:29Z 2012-02
dc.identifier.citation Lam, Judy Elise (2012) The Canticle of spiritual direction : a transformative approach to the Song of Songs, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This dissertation suggests the Song of Songs as a biblical paradigm for Christian spiritual direction based on the poem’s human dynamics, theological poetics and mystical aesthetic. The Song of Songs is paradigmatic as a journey from a state of self-neglect (depletion), through dynamic encounters of love (transformation), to living who I am in union with the divine I AM (deification). Identifying the human beloved as archetypal seeker and positing transformation in love as the raison-d’être for spiritual direction, the research delineates important implications for spiritual praxis, namely: the human subject (locus); human yearning (focus); the human search (journey); dynamics of human transformation and spiritual maturation (process); aspects of life-integration and union with God (purpose); and becoming a living sacrament in the world (epiphany). With its experiential-existential approach, The Canticle of Spiritual Direction serves as an interdisciplinary and intercultural resource on the Song of Songs, Christian spiritual direction, and Christian mysticism. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 200 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Song of Songs en
dc.subject Spiritual direction en
dc.subject Christian mysticism en
dc.subject Transformation in love en
dc.subject Vineyard metaphor en
dc.subject Biblical paradigm en
dc.subject Human transformation and spiritual maturation en
dc.subject Sexuality and spirituality en
dc.subject Union and communion en
dc.subject Contemplation and incarnation en
dc.subject.ddc 223.906
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. O.T. Song of Solomon -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Spirituality -- Biblical teaching
dc.subject.lcsh Mysticism
dc.subject.lcsh Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
dc.title The Canticle of spiritual direction : a transformative approach to the Song of Songs en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology en M. Th. (Christian Spirituality)

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