Song of Songs or Song of Solomon

Song of Songs or Song of Solomon
Song of Songs (REB, NJB) or Song of Solomon (AV, NRSV)
A poetic book in the OT attributed to Solomon but possibly written in the later part of the 6th cent. BCE. Other dates ranging over several centuries have been proposed. It is a series of love poems in dialogue form between a man and a woman who both use powerful and moving imagery. The conventional interpretation in Judaism and Christianity has been to regard the Song's erotic vocabulary as allegorical: it is said to express the love of God for his people (Israel, or the Church), but the book is not mentioned in the NT.
Most probably the exuberant lyrical poems were written to celebrate human love. There are beautiful and sensuous metaphors and similes to extol the bodies both of women (e.g. 7:1–6) and of men (5:10–16). Mountain goats and pomegranates and nectar; liles and spices and sapphire, are among the images with which the lovers entice each other to the vineyards (7:12).

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  • Song of Solomon — Song of Sol|o|mon, the a book of the Old Testament of the Bible, also known as The Song of Songs or The Canticles, which is thought to have been written by King ↑Solomon. It contains love poems which are considered to represent God s love for his …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Song of Solomon — Song of Songs, one of the books of the Bible (attributed to King Solomon) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Song of Solomon, The — Song′ of Sol′omon, The n. bib a book of the Bible, consisting of a series of love poems. Also called Song′ of Songs′ …   From formal English to slang

  • Song of Solomon — Etymology: from the opening verse: “The song of songs, which is Solomon s” Date: 1620 a collection of love poems forming a book in the Protestant canon of the Old Testament see bible table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Song of Solomon, The — a book of the Bible. Also called, New American Bible, Song of Songs. Abbr.: Sol. * * * …   Universalium

  • Song of Solomon — noun A book of the Bible in the Old Testament, also known as the Canticle of Canticles and the Song of Songs …   Wiktionary

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