Song of Solomon
The Song of Solomon (shown in some translations as Song of Songs) is the twenty-second book of the Protestant Bible. It is classified, with Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, as part of the "wisdom literature." It reads somewhat like a play, and is a celebration of sensual love, expressed in lyric poetry.
"Song" is traditionally interpreted as an allegory representing the love of Christ for the Church. However, this interpretation is debated. Along the possible allegorical meaning, it appears to celebrate romance and the gift of sex within the context of marriage, and some of the imagery is highly sexual, such as,
- I am a wall,
- and my breasts are like towers.
- Thus I have become in his eyes
- like one bringing contentment.
- 8:10 NIV
Despite this, the Song of Solomon does not promote sexual immorality. St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote a cycle of sermons on the Song of Songs, which is regarded as one of the touchstones of Christian mysticism.
Song of Solomon is also the title of a 1977 novel by Toni Morrison.
- Lacey, Troy; Foley, Avery (May 10, 2018). Does Song of Solomon Teach Sexual Immorality? Answers in Genesis. Retrieved May 18, 2018.