Song of Songs
Old Testament Overviews
Song of Songs is Hebrew love poetry that depicts the beauty and mystery of sexual love within the context of marriage, one of God's gifts to humanity.
What is Hebrew love poetry doing in the Bible?

A peculiar book in the Bible, the Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, is not technically a book. It's a love song between two lovers! On its basic level of meaning, this book is racy Hebrew love poetry, but in Proverbs, we see humanity’s pursuit of wisdom portrayed by the symbolism of a man pursuing a woman in a garden. So the song works on two levels—it’s celebrating human’s desire for intimacy and pointing to humanity’s ultimate purpose: to be united with God and his wisdom.

Reunited in a Garden

When you read Song of Songs, you may notice several familiar images from other parts of Scripture. Specifically, it is filled with garden imagery. Allegories of God's love for his people are woven through the poem's tapestry, creating a beautiful picture of what God intended love to be, echoing back to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. The song features this man and woman continually seeking and finding each other, and the song closes with them reunited in a garden, underneath a fruit tree.

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