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SONG OF SONGS. The Love Song of the Scriptures. The Megilloth (“The Scrolls”). Interpretations of the Book. Allegorical Interpretation: Entire book is seen as an allegory of the Lord’s love for His people Israel. Cultic Interpretation: Cultic poems for use in marriage ritual.

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song of songs

SONG OF SONGS

The Love Song of the Scriptures

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The Megilloth

(“The Scrolls”)

interpretations of the book
Interpretations of the Book
  • Allegorical Interpretation: Entire book is seen as an allegory of the Lord’s love for His people Israel.
  • Cultic Interpretation: Cultic poems for use in marriage ritual.
  • Shepherd Interpretation: Views Solomon as the villain.
  • Typical Interpretation: Type of the church
  • Natural or Literal Interpretation
cast of characters
Cast of Characters
  • Solomon: Shelomoh “Peaceful”
  • Shulamith: Feminine of Shelomoh
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Outline of the Book

Romance &

Honeymoon

(Chapters 1-4)

Happily ever

after

(Chapters 7-8)

Marital Problems

(Chapters 5-6)

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Song of Songs 1:5

"I am black but lovely,

O daughters of Jerusalem,

Like the tents of Kedar,

Like the curtains of Solomon.

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Song of Songs 1:6

"Do not stare at me because I am swarthy,

For the sun has burned me.

My mother's sons were angry with me;

They made me caretaker of the vineyards,

But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.”

the story behind the song1
The Story behind the Song
  • The story begins
  • Boy meets girl
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Song of Songs 1:7

Tell me, O you whom my soul loves,

Where do you pasture your flock,

Where do you make it lie down at noon?

For why should I be like one who veils herself

Beside the flocks of your companions?

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The Story behind the Song
  • The story begins
  • Boy meets girl
  • He promises to return
  • He returns, not as a shepherd, but as the reigning king
  • Solomon takes his bride to Jerusalem
  • A temporary separation (Chapters 5-6)
observations from the book
Observations from the Book
  • The name of Yahweh is not mentioned
  • The book is never quoted in the New Testament
  • Jews would not permit their young people to read this book
lessons from the song of songs
Lessons from the Song of Songs
  • God is concerned with all of life
  • God is concerned with our sexuality
  • All of life reflects our relationship with God
  • The Scriptures contain love songs
  • We are a part of a sacred romance