Sunday, January 13, 2008

A love song in the Bible

Few people read the Song of Solomon in the Bible. Its tucked away in the middle, somewhere after an even smaller Ecclesiastes.

Very fewer preachers preach about it - and for good reason. The ones that try to expound from it - usually claim that its a prophetic book about Jesus and his love for the church or something along those lines - it makes them look silly. There are a number of obvious sexual references which throws some serious doubt about its higher theological claims. And as the most people well know, Solomon was quite the ladies man.

Anyhow, why can't we just take this book as a celebration of love between two lovers? And what's so wrong about that? After all, God created Eve to be a companion to Adam. Not that He had to, but who's complaining :)

I like this verse though- its a bit gothic nonetheless:

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Song of Solomon 8:6

1 comment:

Jason Mullinder said...

It is a shame when people have to allegorize everything. Instead we are stuck with a bunch of hangups concerning relationships and sex ignoring what we have for example in this book.