"With sure-footed exegesis and sensitive literary appreciation, Dharamraj engages in a close intertextual reading of the Song alongside comparable texts from Hosea, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. Her intention is to show how, though the one portrays the ideal joy of perfect love and the others the misery and potential savagery of betrayed love, their literary, thematic and theological mirroring produces a rich composite effect that is spiritually fruitful in the canonical portrayal of the relationship between God and God’s people. Her appreciation of biblical poetics is matched by the lively clarity of her own writing, which manages to reflect her texts, from the playful and allusive intimacies of the Song to the visceral pornographic coarseness of Ezekiel. With her mastery of comparable ANE texts, as well as early Jewish and Christian interpretation of these biblical texts, she connects her material to its original cultural context, and explores its potential through the eyes of early interpreters. And her own South Asian identity and context brings further illuminating cultural perspectives. Dharamraj has provided an insightful and rewarding contribution to both biblical literary studies and biblical theology."
Christopher J. H. Wright | Langham Partnership International