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Union And Communion

James Hudson Taylor

Book Overview: 

This little book, whose design is to lead the devout Bible student into the Green Pastures of the Good Shepherd, thence to the Banqueting House of the King, and thence to the service of the Vineyard, is one of the abiding legacies of Mr. Hudson Taylor to the Church. In the power of an evident unction from the Holy One, he has been enabled herein to unfold in simplest language the deep truth of the believer's personal union with the Lord, which under symbol and imagery is the subject of The Song of Songs.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Man of Sorrows! What would be the feelings of an earthly bridegroom if he discovered that his bride-elect was dreading to marry him, lest, when he had the power, he should render her life insupportable? Yet how many of the Lord's redeemed ones treat Him just so! No wonder they are neither happy nor satisfied!

But true love cannot be stationary; it must either decline or grow. Despite all the unworthy fears of our poor hearts, Divine[13] love is destined to conquer. The bride exclaims:—

Thine ointments have a goodly fragrance;
Thy name is as ointment poured forth;
Therefore do the virgins love Thee.

There was no such ointment as that with which the High Priest was anointed: our Bridegroom is a Priest as well as a King. The trembling bride cannot wholly dismiss her fears; but the unrest and the longing become unbearable, and she determines to surrender all, and come what may to follow fully. She will yield her ve. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"The Incarnate Word is the true key to the written Word;”(p.4)

Excelente, edificante, irretocável: Estudo de Hudson Taylor sobre o "Cântico dos Cânticos".
Taylor se preocupou apenas em escrever da maneira mais simples e mais direta, quase como uma conversa, porém, devido ao assunto, sua prosa acabou s

I really liked this brief walk through the Songs of Solomon. Taylor takes us step by step to see how Christ saves us and settles our identity in Him, then brings us with Him as we face the world and others around us. I'd like to read this again.

Quite a poignant and powerful little book. Hudson Taylor had such a wonder and awe of the relationship between Christ and His Church, and you can sense it in every page of this book. I will definitely be revisiting it in the years to come.

This is a great little treatis on the book of the Song Of Solomon which is a love letter to Jesus from the Bride of Christ which is us.
I highly recommend this book.

I read and abridgement of this work years ago and found much profit. He does apply the Book entirely to the relationship of the believer to Christ and neglects to speak of the husband and wife relationship which I find disappointing. He also does take some leaps in interpretation because of his negl

There are very few topics (if any) that could be more exciting than God's loving communion with believers. Taylor's reading of Song of Solomon is in line with a long tradition that sees the poetry as a drama of the people of God and Christ. His study is intentionally short but filled with insights i


Taylor reaffirms the all to common, (though less so recently) viewpoint that the Song of Solomon is a metaphor for Christ and the church. He does this without so much as referencing the opposing, and somewhat more obvious interpretation, that its the Bibles main discourse on physical union. My

Excellent companion to the Song of Solomon. There are many things that blessed me, but the simple idea that I have taken away is that it is when the bride (an individual Christian) is occupied with the Bridegroom (the Lord Jesus) that He finds in her everything to admire and adore. Simple thought, b

Quite honestly, I'm not sure what to think of this book. It's beautifully and passionately written, and forms a thoughtful allegory from the love poetry of Song of Solomon. There is very little material which has been written on Song of Solomon, and there's been a great deal of confusion and controv

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