As you can guess this is a song book and it goes into some detail about love, sex and longing for the opposite sex. Some verses were syrupy sweet (Song of Solomon 8:6-7):
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.Some were destined to be Friday Facebook status updates (Song of Solomon 5:1):
Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love.Some made my jaw drop with shocking eroticism (Song of Solomon 5:4-5):
My beloved thrust his hand into the opening, and my inmost being yearned for him. I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, upon the handles of the bolt.Pretty intense stuff, no? Another interesting thing is that God isn't mentioned in this book at all. To be honest I'm a little surprised this book is in the Bible at all. According to the introduction to the book, the Song of Solomon is an allegory for our longing to have Jesus' love inside us (horrible pun shamefully intended). I find that explanation to be a bit sketchy and get the feeling that long ago some Rabbi's wife caught her husband reading it and quick thinker that he was came up with the allegory story.
Overall, I have to say that I've been both surprised and pleased with the last few books of the Bible. I'm happy to find out that there is a diversity of opinions and subject matter besides all the hell and brimstone you find from Genesis to Job.
I decided to read the Bible a few years ago. Not as an angry atheist with an ax to grind, nor as a crazed evangelical looking to spread the word of God. I'm reading it from the perspective of a level-headed man that's curious what the most influential book in history has to say. These are some of my thoughts on the experience. Click here to read some previous entries.