Song of Songs Interpretation

Allegorical interpretations used in such a way are

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Allegorical interpretations used in such a way are not the best way to approach this text, but that is not to say that the technique should not be considered at all. On the contrary, while the literal approach is on par with some of my own ideas about the Scripture, I also do not think that it is necessarily the only correct interpretation. There are certain allegorical elements which should be considered, especially when bearing in mind the fact that the Song of Songs must have been included in the Bible amongst several other spiritual scriptures for a spiritual reason. When considering the allegorical view, there are several different interpretations that can be considered. For one, there is the Jewish interpretation in which the text is understood as a metaphor of relationship between God and the people of Israel. There is also the primary model, which is the Christian view that the Song is about the love between Christ and the Church (Tanner). There are several other metaphorical assessments of the Scripture, such as the mystical marriage view and the Eucharistic view. The mystical marriage view is a view that the Song of Songs speaks of a “marriage” between one’s soul and God as the soul goes through a series of mystical states (Tanner). In this view, the relationship between the Bride and God is much more close and personal, and reduces the erotic bond between the two lovers into a spiritual bond between God and one’s soul as they passionately join together. The Eucharistic view is a similar view to the mystical marriage, except that the union takes place between the soul and Christ through Communion (Tanner). The Eucharistic view does not seem to be represented very well
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in the Scripture, mainly because there is no reference to a Communion taking place, or any kind of indication for such a Holy ritual. The most commonly used allegory is the aforementioned view of Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom and the Bride as the Church. This model ties in with the other views in trying to achieve “oneness”- specifically in the Bridal Chamber, a holy concept of achieving this state of “oneness” with God. One very noteworthy scholar, who approached the Song of Songs in this allegorical manner, was Origen. Origen was an early Christian theologian who wrote a commentary on the Song of Songs and took on a semi-literal and spiritual approach to the Song of Songs. Although he took on a more spiritual interpretation than literal, he did explicitly acknowledge the main theme of the Scripture to be “love itself” (Origen). Moreover, because of the blatant sexual nature of the readings, he also warns against those who approach the Scripture without a certain level of spiritual maturity and those with improper intentions, which would turn the holy word into a source of “fleshly lust”. He speaks of the heavenly love between the Bride and the Bridegroom
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