Under his banner of love.
One of the most noticeable commentary trends of our day is the move away from the centuries of interpretation that identify the Song of Songs as being primarily about the relationship between the church (or the believer) and the Lord Jesus Christ. This commentary has the subtitle Under His Banner of Love, begins with a list of quotations from such great saints as Augustine, James Durham, Richard Sibbes, Jonathan Edwards, John Newton and C H Spurgeon (among others). All these and many more believed as Richard Brooks does, that in this precious book we have a vital resource for the people of God, picturing the relationship between the believer and the Lord.
As the author says:
Without doubt, one of the greatest needs of the present generation church, along with a fresh grip upon the doctrines of the Word, is a fresh and experimental acquaintance with the love of Christ—to know what it is to belong to him and to be married to him, to appreciate the wonders of the grace of God, to be overwhelmed at the sheer fact of being a Christian, and to be moved to a loving esteem for the church of Christ A serious and a joyful attention to the bridegroom/bride relationship here in the Song is able, quite uniquely, to supply this need.
Richard Brooks studied theology at Cambridge and trained for the Christian ministry at Bristol. His pastorates included York Evangelical Church and The Dales Evangelical Church, Matlock. Married to Jennifer, they have four married sons and many grandchildren. Now retired, they live in Bromsgrove, where they are members of Welcome Hall Evangelical Church, Catshill.