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Song of Songs

What is Songs of Songs about in the Bible? Watch as we explain its major themes and gain a deeper understanding of its place in the biblical story.

Book Overviews Feb 13, 2016

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What is Hebrew love poetry doing in the Bible?

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! On its basic level of meaning, this book is racy Hebrew love poetry, but in Proverbs, we see humanity’s pursuit of wisdom portrayed by the symbolism of a man pursuing a woman in a garden. So the song works on two levels—it’s celebrating human’s desire for intimacy and pointing to humanity’s ultimate purpose: to be united with God and his wisdom.

Reunited in a Garden

When you read Song of Songs, you may notice several familiar images from other parts of Scripture. Specifically, it is filled with garden imagery. Allegories of God's love for his people are woven through the poem's tapestry, creating a beautiful picture of what God intended love to be, echoing back to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. The song features this man and woman continually seeking and finding each other, and the song closes with them reunited in a garden, underneath a fruit tree.

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