This is not a popular approach and nothing in the book itself hints that it should be interpreted prophetically.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). It is not going to be very fruitful. Here is another issue: Even if the Song of Solomon is treated as allegorical, Solomon would not use sin to signify the relationship between God and his bride.

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Will do. Allegory is an extended metaphor, usually employing highly figurative language in order to convey timeless truths. If Psalm 45 is not allegorical then neither will the Song of Solomon be allegorical. They are black or dark, because of their depth and unsearchableness, — as God is said to dwell in thick darkness; and curled or bushy, because of their exact interweavings, from his infinite wisdom.

13 My beloved is to me a bag of myrrh We won’t know what we need until we get there.
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4 ; Jeremiah xlix. I believe that the more a person may argue that this describes an earthly marriage the more they point to the heavenly. ii.

What is concerning is that the early church rejected this literal view as a possible interpretation, but some still hold to it as a valid option.

    beside the shepherds’ tents.

Is Song of Solomon an allegory of God’s love for Israel and/or Christ’s love for the Church?

This Psalm is also about the love between the King and his queen. I mean, these are unmistakable pictures of the sexual delights between a man and his wife. 42, with chap. It is entirely a picture of the love between Christ and the Church. This is the main thing. I believe that it is primarily a love poem, declaring what true premarital and marital love of two people ought to look like.

In the allegorical interpretation however, we can learn more deeply about the love of G-d for Israel which is our connection to the Passover story. Matthew Poole (1624–1679) says that the mysteries in this song are “breathing forth the hottest flames of love between Christ and his people; most sweet, and comfortable, and useful to all that read it with serious and Christian eyes.” (Annotations upon the Holy Bible, S.O.S. 4, John ii. i. i. I'm finished the first one, so far so good.     they made me keeper of the vineyards,

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    therefore the maidens love you.     ah, you are beautiful;     rightly do they love you.

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Is Venerating Mary an Early Christian Practice? Does the book belong to such a man such as he? James Durham (1622-1658) says that this song “and some other Scriptures, were of old refrained by the Jews from younger sort, that none should read them, but these who were at thirty years of age…” (Clavis Cantici: or, An Exposition of the Song of Solomon, pg. As far as I'm aware, typological or allegorical was the pretty much unbroken consensus of the church until critical scholarship.

Therefore, His couch is our couch, His house is our house. 44 with chap.

The older defenders thereof were all men of doubtful name: — for example, Theodore of Mopsuest, Castellio, Grotius, Simon Episcopius.

Another minority view is the prophetic view.

Do not approach this book without prayer, humility, and meditating on God’s love. Those works he has prepared for us beforehand to do (Eph 2:10) are indeed as nard, “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God” (Phil 4:18).

He says that King Solomon had a type of inspiration from G-d, or the ruach hakodesh (divine spirit) where he could foresee the many exiles Israel would undergo in the future. The Song of Songs has always been a canonical book in the Jewish church. So this book contains the mutual joys and mutual praises between Christ and his church.”. Theodore’s interpretation of the Song of Solomon was not the only reason why his views were brought up at the council.

Why did God allow Solomon to have 1,000 wives and concubines?


This was not a unique view to the Reformers and Puritans. It represents God and Israel, describing the ways in which he has blessed her and dealt with her during the reign of Solomon. 6 13, Mark xiv. “For the first, There is a great difference betwixt an allegorick exposition of Scripture, and an exposition of allegorick Scripture: The first is that which many fathers and school-men fail in, that is, when they allegorize plain scriptures and histories, seeking to draw out some secret meaning, other than appeareth in the words; and so will fasten many senses upon one Scripture.

What makes it so risky is how explicit the sensuousness is: “Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. couldn't it... like so many things in Scripture be both?? First, though, I would like to give a brief introduction to the book itself. When the literal view was presented, it was condemned by the second council of Constantinople.

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Matthew Henry calls this Psalm the “best key to [the Song of Solomon]…which we find applied to Christ in the New Testament, and therefore this ought to be so too” (Commentary on the Whole Bible, pg. 9).