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The Book of the Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon 1:2-4 - Let him kiss me with the kisses of
his mouth: for thy love [is] better than wine. Because of the
savour of thy good ointments thy name [is as] ointment poured
forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run
after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will
be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than
wine: the upright love thee.
Song of Solomon 7:6-10 - How fair and how pleasant art thou,
O love, for delights! This thy stature is like to a palm tree,
and thy breasts to clusters [of grapes]. I said, I will go up to
the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also
thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of
thy nose like apples; And the roof of thy mouth like the best
wine for my beloved, that goeth [down] sweetly, causing the lips
of those that are asleep to speak. I [am] my beloved's, and his
desire [is] toward me.
The Old Testament - A Brief Overview
Bible Survey - Song of Solomon
Hebrew Name - Shiyr Hashirim "Song of songs"
Greek Name - Asma Asmaton (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Solomon (According to Tradition)
Date - 1014 BC Approximately
Theme - The beauty of love
Types and Shadows - In Song of Solomon Jesus is the husband who loves His bride.
Summary of The Book of the Song of Solomon
Peaceful Brook with still waters
The first verse of the Book of the Song of Solomon mentions
King Solomon as its author, and this is why it is often called
the Song of Solomon. It is also referred to as Canticles (Latin)
or the Song of Songs (Hebrew) because it is considered the
finest of all songs. It is clear that this poem is a wedding
song and it reveals the glories of love. It exalts physical
love, erotic love, and everything about love. The time is
springtime and two lovers are full of passion and delight. The
words in the poem are very descriptive and romantic. When their
love is finally consummated the bond is so durable that nothing
can destroy it. The poem is clearly describing God's love for
his people, he is the bridegroom and his people are his bride.
He is deeply in love with them and ultimately there will be a
wedding day, and how excited they both are for that day.
Over time it has been difficult for anyone to give a clear
interpretation to the Book of the Song of Solomon. there are
three primary interpretations that have been accepted. 1 – A
literal interpretation, which treats this poem as a historical
factual event. There were two actual lovers who were unselfishly
devoted to one another and they were finally married. 2 – an
allegorical interpretation, which treats this poem as an
allegory, for God loves his people, Christ loves his bride, and
his bride loves Him. 3 – The final interpretation is that
Solomon was a type of God who is deeply in love with his bride
who is a type of the church. The wedding is a type of a future
wedding that will exist between Christ and his bride the church.
There is no way to know the exact historical circumstances
behind this event. We know it was Solomon because it mentions
him by name, but it is uncertain whether he married a Shulamite
woman of Israel, or Pharaoh's daughter. Others have included a
third person, a shepherd who the girl of Shulam is in love with
despite the kings desire for her. This book was included in the
Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Canon) and was known
in the time of Jesus as part of the Hebrew Scriptures though
some critics doubt it should be in the Bible. The Song of
Solomon was so important to the Jews that one of the most famous
rabbi's in history, Rabbi Aqiba (90-135 AD) said that "the
entire world, from the beginning until now, does not outweigh
the day in which Shiyr Hashirim (Song of Songs) was given
Outline of the Book of the Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7 - The bride expresses her deep desire
to be with her lover and sings praises about him.
Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5 - The affections between the bride
and her lover becomes more intimate, and she pours out more
praise on the one she loves was very elaborate and exquisite
analogies from nature.
Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1 - King Solomon gives his praise, as
does the bride, and the engagement takes place.
Song of Solomon 5:2-6:9 - The bridegroom goes away for a
period of time, and during his absence the bride longs for his
return and continues to give him praises.
Song of Solomon 6:10-8:4 - This section contains some very
descriptive verses describing the beauty of the bride.
Song of Solomon 8:5-14 - The conclusion deals with the
durable eternal bond of consummated love.
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