Song of Solomon

The Old Testament book Song of Solomon may not be the love story we have always thought. I am picking up earlier proposals by scholars that Song of Solomon is a polemical book — being an attack on the kings of Judah and their sometimes tyrannical practices. The pen is mightier than the sword, and this old Hebrew book delivers a powerful blow.

I suggest that you go and watch the movie, The Princess Bride, then read my arrangement of Song of Solomon and the attending notes. There I defend and expand the idea that Song of Solomon is written as a rebuttal to the oppressive rulers who followed Solomon (and funny enough, that old 1980s movie provides me with a good analogy).

Required of us is a careful and thoughtful use of the scriptures to see how this Old Testament book is part of the story of Jesus. The reading of the book that I am supporting makes clear the shadow of Christ as it was cast into the Old Testament.

I am taking the three character dramatic view of Song of Solomon, for which H. H. Rowley, in his The Servant of the Lord, gives something of a history of the view (p 213), attributing it to H. Ewald (1826) who he says got it from Joacobi (1771) and Lowisohn (1816).

This article was published under Jesus, Song of Solomon.

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