Song of Songs Interpretation

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looks at the Hebrew word for “hand”, which can be used to describe a man’s genitals. Therefore, this double entendre can refer to the man’s literal attempt to enter the woman’s chambers as well as the act of intercourse (Gault). Lastly, there is the verse in which the woman says to her lover, “I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates” (Songs 8:2). According to Gault’s interpretation, this statement is clearly referring to the woman’s breasts in which she expresses her desire to “give her breasts to her lover in lovemaking” (Gault). So through these deeper sexual meanings to the text, it is further demonstrated that the physical aspects of the Song are to be taken into consideration when understanding the meaning of the Scripture. Ultimately, the Song of Songs is a complex and mysterious piece of Scripture which can be interpreted in several different ways, and there would be no one absolute answer as to the true meaning behind its existence. However, through an open-minded approach and combining the several different factors of interpretation into the analysis of the Song, a general idea of what its meaning is can be produced. In this way, I have combined the literal, spiritual, and sexual euphemisms of the Song of Songs into creating a hybrid of interpretations on the text. Upon first encountering the Song of Songs, taking some of the Scripture in its literal text exemplifies the joys and excitement in a passionate love, as long as it occurs at the right moment. The sexual euphemisms further validate the idea that sexuality and physical aspects of love is not something to be rejected, but embraced within the proper boundaries of a relationship. And lastly, the spiritual interpretation provides a deeper meaning into the intimate relations between not only passionate lovers, but between people and God. Just as a person dedicates his or her love and body to each other to become whole, people can achieve “wholeness” through a similar relationship with God.
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Works Cited Attridge, Harold W., and Wayne A. Meeks. The HarperCollins Study Bible, New Revised Standard Version, Including The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books . New York: HarperOne, 2007. Print. DeClaissé-Walford, Nancy L. "An Introduction To The Song Of Songs." Review & Expositor 105.3 (2008): 389-402. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials . Web. 13 May 2013. Gault, Brian P. "An Admonition Against "Rousing Love": The Meaning Of The Enigmatic Refrain In Song Of Songs." Bulletin For Biblical Research 20.2 (2010): 161-184. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials . Web. 13 May 2013. Origen, First. Origen (ACW No. 26) . New York: The Newman Press, 1957. Print. Tanner, J Paul. "The History Of Interpretation Of The Song Of Songs." Bibliotheca Sacra 154.613 (1997): 23-46. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials . Web. 13 May 2013.
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