Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Wisdom Poetry: The poetic books that explore the themes of biblical wisdom and musical worship.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Wisdom: A type of Israelite poetry that persuades the reader to adopt a particular religious and moral outlook.
The Song of Songs is a collection of ancient Israelite love poems that celebrates the beauty and power of God's gift of love and sexual desire.
Song of Songs
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Song of Songs, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the Song of Songs, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About Song of Songs
A peculiar book in the Bible, the Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, is not technically a book. It's a love song between two lovers! But according to ancient Hebrew writings, this song is considered the Song of Songs in the same way Jesus Christ is the King of Kings. What makes this song greater than any other love song? And what is it doing in the Bible?
Read further to discover there's more than meets the eye. Several themes begin to take shape within the poetry of this song, along with pearls of wisdom strung through its text about handling the fiery passions of sexual desire. Allegories of God's love for His people are also woven through the poem's tapestry, creating a beautiful picture of what God intended love to be since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We can enjoy this same gift today with obedience.
A Tale of Two Lovers
Two lovers are introduced, who are likely betrothed or married. They declare their love for each other, expressing the meaning behind the allegories and imagery.
Seeking and Finding
The two lovers constantly search for each other and reunite in the song, further demonstrating the great power and mystery of love touching our hearts.
Sexual Desire is a Gift
God created sexual desire as a gift for humans to enjoy before sin had corrupted it, and the two lovers use its correct application.
Though both lovers are immensely captivated by each other, the woman methodically reminds the readers to wait for this special passion at the right time.
Much like the two lovers, God's love for His people is powerful and unending. This symbolism has translated into both Jewish and Christian biblical interpretations.