"'If you want to become my followers, you must deny yourselves and take up your cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit you if you gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit your very self?'" (Luke 9:23-25)

Course: Song of Songs - the Mystical Centre of the Bible

JDr Robert Tilley 2
Starts Wednesday 21 April
Next to the Psalms the Song of Songs was the most commented upon book of the Old Testament in the pre-modern Church for it was held to be a mystical work that spoke of the Love of God. But from the seventeenth century on, with the rise of modernity, the Song fell out of fashion. Scholars argued that the Song was simply a small collection of very earthy erotic poems and the idea that they held deeper mystical meanings was, they argued, nonsense. In recent years, however, attention has once again turned to the Song and

scholars are not as quick as to dismiss the possibility it was written with a mystical goal in view.

In both the medieval Synagogue and the Christian Church commentators argued that the Song was the Holy of Holies of the Bible, for it is there that we enter into the full presence of Our Lord and thus into the fullness of the meaning of the Bible. And there’s more; the Church commentators also held that the Song spoke of the fullness of the mystery of Our Lady and it became part of the rich panoply of Marian mysticism. The goal of this series is to show how the mysteries of the Bible are illuminated by a study of the Song of Songs.

Dr Robert Tilley did his Doctorate at the University of Sydney with a thesis entitled Reading the Sacred Text. His thesis set out to rethink the nature of ‘creation as a text of God’ (natural theology) by way of an engagement with Scripture (revealed theology) and did this by way of late and postmodern discussions on the nature of textuality. He has lectured widely on a variety of topics, endeavouring to show how Scripture, theology, philosophy, and the arts all interrelate. He has lectured in Biblical Studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney for close to ten years now, and for a longer period of time has been a regular lecturer in Biblical Studies, the arts and theology at the Aquinas Academy. He has also lectured at UNDA Sydney and tutored in Biblical Studies at the University of Sydney.

Presenter: Dr Robert Tilley
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: Four Wednesday mornings, 10am-12noon, 21 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May 2021
Cost: $150 per person (including notes)

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