Removing Song of Songs

February 12, 2009

The Holman Christian Standard Bible, the translation published by the Southern Baptist Convention's publishing house, is removing the book Song of Songs. At least that is what I assume after reading a Baptist Press article attacking Mark Driscoll for talking openly about sex. The piece accuses him of using "vulgarity" and "references to sexual matters that Baptist Press tried to veil somewhat in order to lessen the possibility of offending readers." However, everything in the article seems quite mild compared to what is in the biblical book Song of Songs. So I assume it will be soon removed to make sure that such vulgarity does not show up in the pulpit.