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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

Describes the Song of Solomon as a metaphor for the bride of Christ (Shulamite) and Christ (Solomon)


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

I found it really insightful that the Song of Songs is treated as an exposition on the command to "abide in the vine." Often in reading that command we ask, "What does that look like?" And Union and Communion gives language to answer the question.

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

This is a surprisingly mystical work from the founder of the China Inland Mission. I found it passionately written. Taylor takes a look at the Song of Solomon through the eyes of a Christian Mystic. He identifies with the bride enraptured in her bridegroom, sick with love. In her he finds the dramat

Thus far I had only ever read Song of Solomon as love poetry. I knew it could be read in an allegorical fashion but I had not taken the time to find a resource that did so. This was a short, clear, convincing reading of the interactions between Bride and Bridegroom as relating to falling out of and

I actually finished reading this sometime last year, and had intended to write a detailed review. But I was so busy at the time that it didn't happen. Having read several other books on this subject over this same period I now find it difficult to comment on specific points without risking confusion

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