"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on O.T. Wisdom and Poetry
Song of Solomon 2:10-13, 8:6-7 Commentary
by Kathryn Schifferdecker
[This is Week 4 of a 4-week preaching series on O.T. Wisdom and Poetry]
Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7
We end this preaching series with the Song of Solomon. I have written of the Song at some length elsewhere on this website, so for the sake of space, I’ll refer readers to that commentary.
In short, there are two primary interpretations of the Song of Songs. The traditional interpretation is that it is an allegory of the love between God and Israel or between Christ and the Church. The dominant interpretation in modern times is that it is nothing more than ancient erotic love poetry.
I would argue that the Song is both of these things. It is a celebration of the love of a man and a woman for one another, a love “strong as death” (Song of Solomon 8:6), a love reflected in the renewed life of the earth itself (Song of Solomon 2:10-13). At the same time, the Song is also a celebration of the love between Christ and the Church, a love that is in fact stronger than death, sealed by the Resurrection.
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