Song of Solomon

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Song of Solomon,

 

Song of Songs,

or

Canticles,

book of the Bible, 22d in the order of the Authorized Version. Although traditionally ascribed to King Solomon, many scholars date it as late as the 3d cent. B.C. It is in form a collection of love poems. Its preservation in the Jewish and Christian canon is due not to its universally admitted poetic beauty, but to the acceptance of it as an allegory or parable of God's love for Israel, or for the church, or for the soul that loves Him. Famous among such interpretations are St. Bernard of Clairvaux's 86 sermons on the book (tr. 1895) and St. Francis de Sales's explanation (tr. 1908).

Bibliography

See studies by G. T. Dickinson (1971) and C. Suares (1972).

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Rabbi Soloveitchik, commonly referred to as the "Rav" in Modern Orthodox circles, builds on the give-and-take between lovers in Shir haShirim [Song of Songs] as a metaphor for the complex and often mystifying interaction between man and G-d.
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These are gathered together in the Jerusalem Talmud (fourth century), and in the aggadic midrash, Shir Hashirim Rabba (sixth century).