Song of Solomon: Human or Divine Love Story?

In Proverbs, Solomon, Ecclesiastes by cwfeldmann

Song of Solomon is one of the most controversial books in the Bible with a wide variety of different interpretations. Is this story an allegory that poetically describes God’s love for his people or is this primarily a story of the passion between two lovers?

“The literal interpretation of the Song of Solomon has been rejected many times by both Jewish and Christian interpreters. The reason given for not considering the book a love song is the feeling that a sacred book should not be about the passion and joys of love between a man and a women…because of its explicit language, ancient and modern Jewish sages forbade men to read the book before they were thirty (and presumably kept women from reading it at all).” – Nelson Study Bible Commentary

Is “falling in love” and human sexuality a subject that is “beneath” the Bible?

Some have had a very high opinion of this book, “The whole world is not worth the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel for all the Scriptures are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.” – Rabbi Akiba

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