My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Song of Songs 8

"Wouldn't it be weird if we were related..."

If only we were related. Then we could kiss and no-one would think it's wrong!
Don't start love until the time is right!

Her friends:
Look! He's coming!

Love me with an unstoppable love, and keep me by your heart!

Her friends:
Let's make the little sister all pretty.

I'm already pretty.
Come away with me Solomon!

Key verse:
10. my breasts are like towers.

My thoughts:
The key verse is ridiculous. Song of Songs is weird. It doesn't make heaps of sense. I hope you get something out of it!

I would've thought being brother and sister would have made the public perception worse... I guess I'm not an ancient Semite though...


Blogger Huggies said...

Um...excuse me, but where do you get your key verse from? And how did you miss this?:

6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of his house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.

Song of Songs is weird....I hope you get something out of it

Yeah, no offense Pete, but I think you may have missed the point in this chapter. What is there to faith if you don't believe in love, and its ability to triumph?

God is love; love is as strong (stronger!) than death. 1 corinth 13 gets its oomph from the same thing as Song of Songs 8: love beats all.

8:47 am

Anonymous Mark said...

Yeah, even though I'm a guy I don't think the key verse is the one about breasts...

11:24 am

Blogger Pete W said...

Yes... the love that passes all... the love that says "Look! My breasts are as big as towers!"

I'm surprised it's taken me this long to get in trouble!

Feel free to find whatever point you feel like from these chapters!

5:31 pm

Blogger Huggies said...

pete, about the breasts, you're just jealous right? :P

11:15 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

Heck yea!

it's like... anti-Freudianism


11:25 pm

Anonymous Mark said...

My NIV text notes tell me that 7:11 can also be translated as "Let us spend the night in the bushes". There's no way you can interpret that figuratively.

So what is the deal with Song of Songs?

Nowhere does it suggest that it's allegorical (and it's very disturbing if you read it as an allegory for Christ & Church, or Christ & us – "You're a tree and your breasts are fruit. I will climb the tree and fondle the fruit"...).

It doesn't seem like the Beloved & the Lover are married, since she wants to sneak him into her mother's house. And it's not even clear if they've "done it" or not (verses like 1:4 suggest not; but verses like 1:16; 7:12; 8:3,5 suggest they have).

Christians seem to either focus on bits like 8:6-7 and say that's God's love, or love between a husband and wife, or they'll quote the refrain ("do not awaken love before its time") and say that means "Don’t have sex before marriage!"

It's actually quite hard to find good analysis of Song of Songs (especially if you're trying to do google searches on the sly while also looking as though you’re working).

This article is good.

One point the guy makes is that Song of Songs may not be linear/chronological in structure. Hence some of the confusion.

I also found an absurd, but quite disturbing article, by some crazy Islamic fellow about
X-rated Pornography in the Bible I'd recommend not reading too much of that...

12:32 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

Yea... it's definitely worth thinking about!

It's also definitely sexual, and it's presence in the canon is good fodder against the claim that Christianity is anti-sex!

I think that Islamic guy is onto something though... It's Biblical!

1:21 pm


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