The Song of Songs is a love poem attributable to Solomon and the first of the Hebrew Megilloth. Originally these scrolls were read in connection with the different feasts and fasts of the Jews, in the case of the Song of Songs, it was read at Passover time.
This commentary takes a line, it was at one time the consistent evangelical line but that has changed with many in recent years taking the Song to be a book dealing with marriage and sexuality. This opinion appears to be gaining less favour of late so it is time for a modern commentary which takes this viewpoint into account, but which re–establishes the line that the Song of Songs is primarily an exposition of the spiritual relationship between Christ and the believer.
Whilst it was written before the time of the incarnation it is Jesus himself who explains that the Old Testament scriptures are ‘they which testify of me’ (John 5:39). It is not denied that we can learn from the Song at a human level since Paul set the relationship between husband and wife in the context of the relationship between Christ and the church. At the heart of the Song is a beautiful relationship for us to explore.
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