1. Myer Pearlman - Other titles given: "Song of Songs" (Hebrew) meaning the best of Solomon's 1005 songs (1Kings 4:32), "Canticles" meaning song of songs (Latin). The medieval Jewish scholar Saadia compared the Song of Solomon to a lock for which “the keys have been lost.” Most modern commentators agree with his assessment. The Application of the Song of Songs. ; 5.1ff., EVV 4.29ff.). The meaning undoubtedly is, "The song which Solomon composed," not "The song which celebrates Solomon's love." The first verse of this little book identifies Solomon as its writer: “The song of songs, which is Solomon's.” Solomon also wrote the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. However, the only-typological interpretation will have to resort to allegorizing sooner or later that winds up in just as ridiculous a spot (here I'm thinking of the descriptions of the woman's body in 4:1-7). The earliest distinct references to the So of Songs are found in Jewish writings of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD (4 Esdras 5:24,26; 7:26; Ta`anith 4:8). Within thy locks - See on Song of Solomon 4:1; (note), and Song of Solomon 4:7; (note). As a result, poetry is often more evocative than explicative. Rowley, "The Interpretation of the Song of Songs," 212. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. In spite of the predominantly negative use of the image, we must not lose sight of the fact that Israel was the bride of God, and so as the Song celebrates the intimacy between human lovers, we learn about our relationship with God. Solomon married all these women so that his country would be at peace. This book is unique in the books of the Bible in that not only does it not mention G-d, it also doesn’t deal with religious themes explicitly. G. Lloyd Carr says, “The whole question of its overall interpretation is unparalleled […] The most excellent of all songs. All rights reserved. Arguments a. Problem: Evangelical Christians defend the literal interpretation of the Bible. But that's what makes Morrison's novel a classic, the novel specifically singled out among Morrison's cavalcade of hits when she became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literaturein 1993. If that is the case, then it is not just a random connection to see the man as pointing to Christ and his bride as pointing to the church. The first few sentences of this review of the Song of Songs (aka, the Song of Solomon) in the Passion Translation (the one that is enthusiastically promoted by NAR apostles) says it all:. Unfortunately, due to Israel's lack of trust, the metaphor often appears in a negative context, and Israel is pictured as a whore in its relationship with God ( Jer 2:20 ; 3:1 ; Eze 16,23). However, the non-romantic familial kiss was accepted as an appropriate gesture for the public. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. Song of Solomon, also called Canticle of Canticles, or Song of Songs, an Old Testament book that belongs to the third section of the biblical canon, known as the Ketuvim, or “Writings.”In the Hebrew Bible the Song of Solomon stands with Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther and with them makes up the Megillot, five scrolls that are read on various religious festivals of the Jewish year. Solomon composed some 1,005 songs (1 Kings 4:32), and this was the greatest (the song of songs) among them. The same attitudes and beliefs that motivated the monastic movement led to the allegorization of the Song. The only-literal approach might have difficulty with 1:4, as Matthew Winzer has pointed out. The Song of Songs was a disputed book among the Hebrews. Thanks. Thus, the woman delights in the physical beauty of the man ( 5:10-16 ) and vice versa ( 4:1-15 ), and this physical attraction culminates in passionate lovemaking ( 5:1-2 ). Eve, then Adam, rebelled against God and a horrible distance grew between the sinful human race and their holy God. So we can see that Solomon is still a young man in this Song. For usage information, please read the Baker Book House Copyright Statement. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: SONG OF SOLOMON 4:7-15 7 "You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you. White, A Study of the Language of Love in the Song of Songs and Ancient Near Eastern Poetry. Needed: commentary recommendations for preaching through Song of Songs (Solomon). The poems typically presuppose two primary figures: a male lover and a female lover.