Song of Solomon

(redirected from Cantique des cantiques)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to Cantique des cantiques: Canticle of Canticles

Song of Solomon,


Song of Songs,



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).


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

References in periodicals archive ?
Tels sont les deux sens du Cantique des Cantiques, selon les commentateurs grecs du debut de notre ere dont Marguerite Harl (1974) analyse les interpretations.
Meditations sur le Cantique des Cantiques et les douces extases de l'ame spirituelle.
Il est a rappeler que toute une symbolique du jardin s'tait developpee, du Moyen Age a la Renaissance, ayant pour source le Cantique des cantiques qui associait amour et jardin: "Tu es un jardin ferme, ma sour, ma fiancee, / Une source fermee, une fontaine scellee" (idem, 4:12).