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Can an Allegorical Interpretation of Song of Solomon be Justified Biblically? It’s besides long and not pithy plenty, and then let’s go with
What’s the Signal of Song of Solomon?


This is a question I accept meditated upon for some fourth dimension. I have dealt with those who disdain the idea of apologue. Emblematic interpretation is, for them, a gross misuse of Scripture that was particularly, and regrettably, pop amidst the church building fathers. Of grade, we cannot escape the thought that some Scripture should (and indeed must) be taken allegorically (come across Gal. four:24).

This issue is especially relevant when dealing with Song of Solomon. In contempo years the book has become more than increasingly understood every bit a manual in erotic honey. I must confess I’ve e’er found this line of interpretation difficult to swallow. I will admit that many of my initial bug with such thinking is on account of certain presuppositions:

For starters, I find it difficult to imagine that a poem/vocal should serve equally a transmission. Don’t get me wrong hither. I understand the instructional value of songs quite well. The Psalms certainly instruct us, equally does the Vocal of Moses, and other biblical songs. But they’re not how-to manuals.

2d, I have a hard time, personally, taking love-advice from Solomon. This is probably my shortcoming, but to me, he doesn’t exactly personify the quintessential lover if you know the residuum of his history as recorded in the Bible. And yes, I know some folks don’t believe Solomon is the author. I accept the traditional supposition that he is, and I take that the book is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it tin can certainly be helpful in many respects considering of that. Also, I respect Solomon, his wisdom, and his accomplishments – only these do not erase his flaws and sins (which are more shocking on business relationship of his great wisdom). I don’t stand in judgment over Solomon, God’south all-powerful. I’g simply sharing some thoughts.

Third, I’m the evangelical sort who tends to think that the whole Bible is almost Jesus. When the Campaigner Paul writes to Timothy, ‘…and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus’ (1 Tim. 3:fifteen), Vocal of Solomon is a part of the ‘sacred writings’ he is referring to.

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Follow the logic:
A. The Whole Bible is Almost Jesus
B. Vocal of Solomon is in the Bible
= Song of Solomon is About Jesus

Then my presuppositions acquired me to search. Is their biblical precedent, is in that location exegetical proof, is there a biblical-theological line that tin can demonstrate that a Christ-centered interpretation of Song of Solomon is valid?

For starters, I point you to the article past James Hamilton Hither from the
Westminster Theological Periodical. I plant it extremely helpful when I discovered information technology a couple of years ago. His argument for a legitimate parallel to the story of the Song and the story of the gospel is equally follows, in summary form:

The Song is about Israel’s shepherd rex, a descendent of David,who is treated as an ideal Israelite enjoying an ideal bride
in a lush garden, where the effects of the fall are reversed
(James M. Hamilton Jr.,
The Messianic Music of the Song of Songs: A Non-Allegorical Estimation).

Next, I point you to Psalm 45:one-7:

Psalm 45:1 TO THE CHOIRMASTER: ACCORDING TO LILIES. A MASKIL OF THE SONS OF KORAH; A LOVE Song. My centre overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my natural language is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 Y’all are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed yous forever. 3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty ane, in your splendor and majesty! four In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your correct mitt teach you crawly deeds! v Your arrows are precipitous in the centre of the male monarch’s enemies; the peoples fall under you. vi Your throne, O God, is forever and always. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7 yous have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you lot with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

I call up hearing a very well known preacher say that you shouldn’t read Song of Solomon as being about Christ (if you’re a man) because that’s simply weird, because, you know, he’s a dude. How then do you bargain with Psalm 45? You could certainly brand the point, and I concord, that Psalm 45 is not most erotic love. Only consider the following:

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Psalm 45 is explicitly called a ‘dearest song’ (I remind you that the superscriptions are actually role of the Scripture, not something added). And as a love vocal it is written by
(the sons of Korah) well-nigh, and for, a
(the rex). This king is then called God. And as God, he has a God, who anoints him with ‘the oil of gladness.’  Though the author may never have imagined such an application, this is a crystal clear reference to the Trinity in the form of a love song. Perhaps the sons of Korah had King David specifically in heed, still no sane commentator would miss the application of the psalm to Christ, regardless of the authors’ initial intention. It’due south just besides clear to miss.

Perhaps the application is non as clear in Song of Solomon, but I recall information technology is equally as valid and relevant. Hamilton’s article makes a compelling case. The Son of David, Solomon in the case of the Vocal, is the messiah (lower case ‘thousand’), the anointed one of God. Jesus Christ is the greater Solomon, the truthful Son of David, the Anointed One (Messiah with an upper case ‘Grand’). He is the ideal Israelite with his platonic helpmate in his lush garden. That’s our hereafter, Christians – with Jesus. ‘Yes, he is birthday lovely’ (Song v:16).

On summit of this you can add the Book of Hosea to the list of relevant biblical data. Here a real man and real woman become to live out God’due south loving human relationship with His idolatrous people. This existent human and real woman have real children and each child’s name represents an aspect of God’s swell plan of redemption for the nations. God is non above using allegory, even in the context of spousal relationship, sex, and child-bearing – even with the utilize of real people equally living illustrations.

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Here’due south the crux of the outcome:

Ultimately, to apply a phrase from Tim Keller, we must ask who the Bible –
all the Bible

– is about. Is it about Jesus, or about you? For you lot’ll read it in one of those two ways. If it’s nigh you and then why not await at Song of Solomon as a textbook for dear. If
you lot
get like Solomon you tin actually have a sizzling romantic life and happy marriage (see how that worked out for wise Solomon). But if it’southward almost Jesus, then y’all become to rejoice as a helpmate in your Groom, who unlike Solomon, volition not forsake you for concubines and encourage your idolatry (encounter Nehemiah 13:26).

I may come across every bit snide, but I want to brand clear that I love and appreciate Solomon the human. I am only pointing out the glaringly obvious fact that he is a sinner – only like me. And
certainly won’t exist writing any love manuals any time soon (though I may write a dearest poem or two for my married woman). I volition notwithstanding be happy to indicate people to our greater Solomon, the Lord Jesus Christ, the ‘lover of my soul.’ Go right with him, fall in love with him, rejoice in his beauty and grace and just run into what that volition exercise for your marriage – more than any manual could, that’s for sure.

Luke 11:31 The queen of the South volition rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the globe to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.